smokeless powder

noun

Definition of smokeless powder

: any of a class of explosive propellants that produce comparatively little smoke on explosion and consist mostly of gelatinized nitrocellulose

Examples of smokeless powder in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Given the inconsistency and volativity of early smokeless powders, the taper of the 375 H&H proved useful for easy cycling and, especially, extraction of hot rounds made all the hotter by tropical heat. Outdoor Life, "The Best Big Bore Rifles For Your First African Safari: .375 H&H vs. .416 Rem. Mag. vs. .458 Win. Mag," 3 Jan. 2020 That’s about the same time smokeless powder came onto the scene. Ron Spomer, Outdoor Life, "The Great 6.5 Shoot-Out," 31 Jan. 2020 This rifle introduced America to the smokeless powder era as well as jacketed bullets and high velocity rifle cartridges. Outdoor Life, "Top 10 Lever-Action Guns of All Time," 5 Sep. 2019 But police accounts paint a picture of a trailer brimming with bomb-making materials: metal containers, fuses, power tools, smokeless powder. Leah Sottile, Longreads, "Chapter One: A Quiet Man," 15 July 2019 In addition to pyrotechnics, buckshot and smokeless powder, the box mailed to Obama contained several suspicious items, including a cell phone, matches, paper wadding, hobby fuse, plastics sacks and sandpaper. Mike Glenn, Houston Chronicle, "Brookshire woman admits targeting Obama in failed bomb plot," 5 July 2019 Explo's problems came to light after 21 tons (19 metric tons) of M6 and 62 tons (56 metric tons) of smokeless powder exploded in October 2012, rattling windows miles (kilometers) away. Janet Mcconnaughey, Fox News, "2012 Camp Minden explosion: 3rd defendant pleads guilty," 14 May 2018 Each was built with materials available at hardware stores, featuring batteries and smokeless powder that was ignited by ignitor switches made from clothespins and mouse traps. Mike Ward And Kevin Diaz, San Antonio Express-News, "Investigators trying to make sense of serial bomber’s motive," 22 Mar. 2018 But police accounts paint a picture of a trailer brimming with bomb-making materials: metal containers, fuses, power tools, smokeless powder. Leah Sottile, Longreads, "Chapter One: A Quiet Man," 15 July 2019

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First Known Use of smokeless powder

1890, in the meaning defined above

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“Smokeless powder.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/smokeless%20powder. Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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