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

Examples of smokeless powder in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web About 50 cans of black or smokeless powder were found in the workspace around the pipe, according to court records. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, 22 July 2021 That round burned the then new smokeless powder to push a 112-grain round nose bullet 2,560 fps. Ron Spomer, Outdoor Life, 12 Mar. 2021 Once smokeless powder came on the scene, the NE cartridges all got a performance boost. John B. Snow, Field & Stream, 8 Mar. 2021 Here is my Husqvarna Model 640 sporter, chambered for the 8x57JS Mauser cartridge, one of the first—and greatest—smokeless powder rifle rounds ever developed. The Editors, Field & Stream, 23 Feb. 2021 In 2001, Savage Arms introduced the 10ML-II, the first muzzleloader to use smokeless powder. Brad Fenson, Outdoor Life, 28 Oct. 2020 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, 3 Jan. 2020 That’s about the same time smokeless powder came onto the scene. Ron Spomer, Outdoor Life, 31 Jan. 2020 This rifle introduced America to the smokeless powder era as well as jacketed bullets and high velocity rifle cartridges. Outdoor Life, 5 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of smokeless powder

1890, in the meaning defined above

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“Smokeless powder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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