American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A white crystalline compound, NaNO3, used in solid rocket propellants, in the manufacture of explosives and glass and pottery enamel, and as fertilizer. Also called caliche, Chile saltpeter, saltpeter, soda niter.
- n. chemistry the sodium salt of nitric acid, NaNO3; used as a food preservative, and as an oxidizing agent in explosives etc.
- n. (NaNO3) used especially as a fertilizer and explosive
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