gun·​cot·​ton | \ ˈgən-ˌkä-tᵊn How to pronounce guncotton (audio) \

Definition of guncotton

: nitrocellulose especially : an explosive highly nitrated product used chiefly in smokeless powder

Examples of guncotton in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When one of them is struck the glass receptacle is broken and the acids, flowing into a chamber containing chemicals, set up an action that explodes the guncotton. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, 8 Apr. 2021 This fires the detonating charge, which in turn fires the main charge of guncotton. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, 8 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of guncotton

1846, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of guncotton was in 1846

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“Guncotton.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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gun·​cot·​ton | \ ˈgən-ˌkät-ᵊn How to pronounce guncotton (audio) \

Medical Definition of guncotton

: any of various cellulose nitrates especially : an explosive consisting of a higher-nitrated product (as one containing at least 13.2 percent nitrogen)

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