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a smokeless powder consisting of nitroglycerine and cellulose nitrate chiefly in a 40 to 60 percent ratio: used as a solid fuel for rockets.
Historical Examples

ballistite: equal parts of nitroglycerine and soluble nitrocotton with some mineral jelly.
The New Gresham Encyclopedia Various

It was in the beginning of 1888 that he invented his well-known smokeless powder, or ballistite.
Inventors at Work George Iles

For ballistite the nitrocellulose is beaten up with nitroglycerine in water.
The New Gresham Encyclopedia Various

The powder used with the 12-1/2-pounder was that known as ‘ballistite.’
The Transvaal from Within J. P. Fitzpatrick

ballistite was adopted by the Italian government in 1890 as a military powder.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 1 Various


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