[noun nahy-treyt, -trit; verb nahy-treyt]
- to treat with nitric acid or a nitrate.
- to convert into a nitrate.
Origin of nitrate
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Examples from the Web for nitrate
Paint flowers or figures of any kind on a white silk ribbon, with a camel hair pencil, dipped in a solution of nitrate of silver.
Supposing we burned the place, you know, with nitrate of silver, or something like that.The Trimming of Goosie
For this purpose a standard solution of nitrate of silver isp.Electricity for Boys
J. S. Zerbe
By this method we find that with maximum yields of nitrate at 143-145 p.ct.Researches on Cellulose
C. F. Cross
In the spring, nitrate of soda applied in the rows is very helpful.Agriculture for Beginners
Charles William Burkett
- any salt or ester of nitric acid, such as sodium nitrate, NaNO 3
- a fertilizer consisting of or containing nitrate salts
- (tr) to treat with nitric acid or a nitrate
- to convert or be converted into a nitrate
- to undergo or cause to undergo the chemical process in which a nitro group is introduced into a molecule
Word Origin and History for nitrate
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The univalent radical NO3.
- A compound containing such a radical, such as a salt or ester of nitric acid.
- To treat with nitric acid or a nitrate, usually to change an organic compound into a nitrate.
- A salt or ester of nitric acid, containing the group NO3. Nitrates dissolve extremely easily in water and are an important component of the nitrogen cycle. Compare nitrite.
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