Definition of cordite noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

cordite

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈkɔːdaɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɔːrdaɪt//
 
[uncountable]
 
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an explosive used in bullets, bombs, etc. Word Origin late 19th cent.: from cord (because of its string-like appearance) + -ite.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: cordite