noun Chemistry.

a colorless, oily, slightly water-soluble, poisonous liquid, CH3NO2, used chiefly as a solvent, rocket fuel, and gasoline additive and in organic synthesis.

Origin of nitromethane

First recorded in 1870–75; nitro- + methane Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for nitromethane



an oily colourless liquid obtained from methane and used as a solvent and rocket fuel and in the manufacture of synthetic resins. Formula: CH 3 NO 2
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