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Originally appearing in Volume V22, Page 439 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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PROPELLANTS, a generic name for explosives used for propelling projectiles from guns and other firearms, in order to distinguish them from the more violent explosives used in shells, mines, &c., 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, &C.)
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