(formerly) radon. Symbol: Nt

Origin of niton

1910–15; < Latin nit(ēre) to shine + -on1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for niton

Historical Examples of niton

  • Niton, it is my order that the twilight be as slow as our instruments will allow.

    Giants on the Earth

    Sterner St. Paul Meek

  • Niton, or radium emanation, is one of the products of the disintegration of radium.


    Charles Fitzhugh Talman

  • This gas is known as the emanation or niton, "the shining one."

    Creative Chemistry

    Edwin E. Slosson

  • Lady Niton glanced at the thin fanatical face of the speaker.

  • The last Sunday Lady Niton took me to church, the service lasted an hour and three-quarters.

British Dictionary definitions for niton



a less common name for radon

Word Origin for niton

C20: from Latin nitēre to shine
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