from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of, derived from, or containing nitrogen, especially in a valence state lower than that in a comparable nitric compound.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. of, relating to, or derived from nitrogen, especially in which the valence of the nitrogen is lower than that of a corresponding nitric species
- adj. of, or relating to nitrous acid or its derivatives
- adj. having a sharp odor like ammonia or nitric acid
- n. Nitrous oxide.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of, pertaining to, or containing, niter; of the quality of niter, or resembling it.
- adj. Of, pertaining to, or designating, any one of those compounds in which nitrogen has a relatively lower valence as contrasted with nitric compounds.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In chem., of, pertaining to, or derived from niter: applied to an oxygen compound which contains less oxygen than those in which the epithet nitric is used: thus, nitrous oxid (N2O), nitric oxid (N2O2); nitrous acid (HNO2), nitric acid (HNO3), etc.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. of or containing nitrogen
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