from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The univalent radical NO3 or a compound containing it, as a salt or an ester of nitric acid.
- n. Fertilizer consisting of sodium nitrate or potassium nitrate.
- transitive v. To treat with nitric acid or a nitrate, usually to change (an organic compound) into a nitrate.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any salt or ester of nitric acid.
- v. To treat, or react, with nitric acid or a nitrate
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A salt of nitric acid.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To treat or prepare with nitric acid: as, nitrated guncotton.
- To convert (a base) into a salt by combination with nitric acid.
- n. A salt of nitric acid.
- n. Important experiments have been made on an industrial scale for the production economically of nitrates from atmospheric air by high-tension electrical discharges through moist air in the presence of basic materials.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. treat with nitric acid, so as to change an organic compound into a nitrate
- n. any compound containing the nitrate group (such as a salt or ester of nitric acid)
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Anyone with a semester in chemistry should realise that sodium nitrate is not metallic sodium. ooooze Says:
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