from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To oxidize (an ammonia compound) into nitric acid, nitrous acid, or any nitrate or nitrite, especially by the action of nitrobacteria.
- transitive v. To treat or combine with nitrogen or compounds containing nitrogen.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. to treat, or react with nitrogen or a nitrogen-containing compound
- v. to convert ammonia or similar compound to a nitrate by oxidation, especially by the action of a microorganism
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To combine or impregnate with nitrogen; to convert, by oxidation, into nitrous or nitric acid; to subject to, or produce by, nitrification.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To convert into niter.
- To be converted into niter.
- To impregnate (the soil) with nitrates in order to stimulate the growth of plants.
- In bacteriology, to oxidize (ammonia compounds) to nitrites or (nitrites) to nitrates, by bacterial action.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. treat with nitrogen or a nitrogen compound
- v. convert into nitric acid, nitrous acid, or nitrate, especially with the action of nitrobacteria
- v. treat (soil) with nitrates
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