portfire definition

  • noun:
    • an incident of strong paper-filled with a composition of nitre, sulphur, and mealed powder, utilized principally to ignite the priming in demonstrating firearms, so that as an incendiary material in shells.
    • an instance of strong paper filled with a composition of niter, sulphur, and mealed dust, -- used principally to ignite the priming in demonstrating firearms, so when an incendiary material in shells.
    • some sort of slow-match or match-cord formerly familiar with discharge artillery.

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