Definition of cordite:
- A smokeless powder composed of nitroglycerin, guncotton, and mineral jelly, and used by the British army and in other services. In making it the ingredients are mixed into a paste with the addition of acetone and pressed out into cords ( of various diameters) resembling brown twine, which are dried and cut to length. A variety containing less nitroglycerin than the original is known as cordite M. D.
- "The Panjab, North-West Frontier Province, and Kashmir", Sir James McCrone Douie.
We had drafted an amending Bill for rural districts in 1895, which was read a first time in the House of Commons on the day of the vote on the supply of cordite, when the defeat of the Liberal Government led to the dissolution of Parliament.- "The History of the Fabian Society", Edward R. Pease.
The machine- guns in carefully numbered parts came in cases as " agricultural implements," the big guns travelled in the boilers of locomotives, the empty cases of the shells, large and small, were packed in piano- cases, or in straw- filled crates as " hardware"; the black powder and the cordite and the lyddite came in round wooden American cheese- boxes, with a special mark; and the Mauser cartridges were soldered in tins like preserved meat.- "The Dop Doctor", Clotilde Inez Mary Graves.