smokeless powder


Definition of smokeless powder

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

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The devices were glass vials or bottles containing a smokeless powder and a fuse, the indictment said. Washington Post, "Judge finds man accused of mailing explosives incompetent," 12 July 2018 The devices were glass vials or bottles containing a smokeless powder and a fuse, the indictment said. Martha Bellisle, Fox News, "Judge finds man accused of mailing explosives incompetent," 13 July 2018 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 Modern guns use smokeless powder, which usually emits only a wisp. Aaron Mak, Slate Magazine, "Has a literal smoking gun ever been the “smoking gun” in a criminal case?," 17 July 2017

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First Known Use of smokeless powder

1890, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of smokeless powder was in 1890

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