- pertaining to compounds obtained from niter, usually containing less oxygen than the corresponding nitric compounds.
- containing nitrogen, usually in the trivalent state.
Origin of nitrous
Examples from the Web for nitrous
Campbell is quoted saying “Nitrous oxide can explode on its own.”Branson’s Galactic Obstacles: Tom Bower Puts a Damper on Virgin’s Space Flight Dreams
January 30, 2014
The original seems dated now, but it all started here, from the unstoppable Diesel/Walker combo right down to the nitrous boosts.Best Paul Walker Performances: Ranking the ‘Fast and Furious’ Franchise
December 2, 2013
One distributor the office is tracking is reportedly raking in more than $60,000 on the bulk sale of nitrous.
As a drug, nitrous is among many forms of inhalants, including solvents and gasoline, that people use to alter the mind.
Nitrous oxide, otherwise known as laughing gas, gives one an exhilarating feeling while operating as an anesthetic.Gina Gershon’s Trip to Heaven in the Dentist’s Chair
October 23, 2012
Tanned leather is best cleaned with nitrous acid and salts of lemon diluted with water, and afterwards mixed with skimmed milk.
It also made no effervescence with nitrous air, as it had done before.Experiments and Observations on Different Kinds of Air
The roof was clustered with nitrous drops and the floor was slippery with moisture.In Doublet and Hose
Lucy Foster Madison
There was not a cry or a movement, such as one notes when nitrous oxide is administered.Hilda Wade
These are ammonia, carbonic acid, nitrous oxide, and chlorine.
- of, derived from, or containing nitrogen, esp in a low valency state
Word Origin and History for nitrous
c.1600, from Latin nitrosus, from nitrum (see nitre). Originally "of nitre, pertaining to nitre;" more precise use in chemistry (designating a compound in which the nitrogen has a lower valence than the corresponding nitric compound) is from 1780s. Nitrous oxide attested from 1800.
- Of, derived from, or containing nitrogen, especially in a valence state lower than that in a comparable nitric compound.
- Containing nitrogen, especially nitrogen with a valence of 3. Compare nitric.