cord·​ite | \ ˈkȯr-ˌdīt How to pronounce cordite (audio) \

Definition of cordite

: a smokeless powder composed of nitroglycerin, guncotton, and a petroleum substance usually gelatinized by addition of acetone and pressed into cords resembling brown twine

Examples of cordite in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Poor ventilation exposed patrons to a combination of odours including rose, seaweed, wine, peppermint, shoe polish and cordite. Robert Chalmers, Newsweek, "Digitising Smell: The Third Sense Is Coming to Your Phone," 11 Sep. 2014

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First Known Use of cordite

1889, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cordite

cord entry 1 + -ite entry 1

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The first known use of cordite was in 1889

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“Cordite.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 24 January 2020.

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