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PROPELLANTS, a generic name for explosives used for propelling projectiles from guns and other firearms, in order in distinguish them from the more violent explosives used in slu-lls, mines, etc., to produce a blasting effect. Some explosive substances can be used both as propellants and as bursters, as for example gunpowder, and some of the ingredients of a propellant may be similar, though differently proportioned and combined, to those of a " high explosive." (For details see EXPLOSIVES; GUNPOWDER; CORDITE, etc.)

Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)

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