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 Soon, City’s whole team and its staff members were obscured, swallowed whole by a great cloud of cordite by fireworks that were supposed — were expected — to be for them. New York Times, 29 May 2021 As the first rocket shrieks above his head, Iturralde sets off another, another shower of sparks falling at his feet, another cloud of cordite writhing around his sleeve. Rory Smith, New York Times, 18 Mar. 2021 Poor ventilation exposed patrons to a combination of odours including rose, seaweed, wine, peppermint, shoe polish and cordite. Robert Chalmers, Newsweek, 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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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