- a compound, containing two elements only, of which the more electronegative one is nitrogen.
Origin of nitride
1840–50; nitr- + -ide
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It blackens in the air, forming a nitride, and decomposes water.An Elementary Study of Chemistry
A nitride appears to be formed when nitrogen is passed over heated iron, since the metal is rendered brittle.
It rapidly alters on exposure to the air, probably forming a nitride.A Brief Account of Radio-activity
Francis Preston Venable
When free from nitride it is silver-white in color, and has a brilliant surface.
It combines directly with nitrogen, when heated in the gas, to form the nitride Mg3N2 (see Argon).
- a compound of nitrogen with a more electropositive element, for example magnesium nitride, Mg 3 N 2
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- A compound containing nitrogen with another more electropositive element, such as phosphorus or a metal.
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