Definition of cordite in English:

cordite

noun

  • A smokeless explosive made from nitrocellulose, nitroglycerine, and petroleum jelly, used in ammunition.

    • ‘One reader suggested that cordite and other chemicals released in the course of a high-powered conventional assault on the city could not be good for a person.’
    • ‘Sobrero's substance also found use as a key ingredient in two smokeless powders, ballistic and cordite, from which all modern bullets derive their construction.’
    • ‘Just to starboard is a tangled pile of cordite, a propellant for the shells.’
    • ‘As I found it and stood up, William was standing next to me holding a length of cordite in his right hand, and some fairly evil looking mini-explosives in his left.’
    • ‘People heard the explosion, said they could smell cordite in the air.’
    • ‘And though American males have long been associated with guns, we in Britain tend to forget that women in America are equally seduced by cold steel and cordite.’
    • ‘The engine came unglued and the cockpit filled up with smoke and the smell of cordite.’
    • ‘The stench of cordite hanging in the air, burning my nostrils.’
    • ‘In the munitions factories, great care was needed not to cause any sparks while making cordite using nitroglycerin - and the workers also needed to be sober.’
    • ‘The irony is that the German breweries rendered idle by Pasteur's strategy were adapted to manufacture acetone for cordite production.’
    • ‘In an old box used to transport artillery shells, the soldiers found strips of highly explosive cordite that had been emptied out of artillery shells.’
    • ‘The allusion to smoke and the smell of cordite after a massive explosion feels clear.’
    • ‘I could smell grease and cordite and something else now - smoke!’
    • ‘The stench filled the room, overwhelming even the acrid smell of cordite as I walked to the door, raised my rifle and for the first time in my life, I fired a weapon in anger.’
    • ‘There are still traces of the Volnay's cargo of munitions scattered about the hold areas: rusting steel warheads, balls of lead shot and sticks of cordite looking like wholemeal spaghetti.’
    • ‘He also coinvented the explosive powder cordite and even worked in collaboration with legendary chemist Pierre Curie.’
    • ‘I love the smell of burnt feathers and gunpowder and cordite!’
    • ‘It is thought faulty cordite caused the series of explosions which tore through the ship, raining debris down up to four miles away.’
    • ‘My burst shattered the wall above his head as he took the stairs full tilt; sending wood chips flying, half-deafening me and filling the tiny hallway with the acrid stench of cordite and hot lead.’

Origin

Late 19th century: from cord (because of its stringlike appearance) + -ite.

Pronunciation:

cordite

/ˈkôrˌdīt/