from The Century Dictionary.
- Pertaining to azote; fatal to animal life.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- adjective (Chem.), rare Pertaining to azote, or nitrogen; formed or consisting of azote; nitric
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- adjective chemistry, obsolete Pertaining to
azote, or nitrogen; formed or consisting of azote; as, azotic gas; azotic acid.
- adjective obsolete Fatal to
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- adjective of or containing nitrogen
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Cyrus Harding could have manufactured this substance by treating the carbonate of potash, which would be easily extracted from the cinders of the vegetables, by azotic acid.
But, after all, how was he going to employ this azotic acid?
Cyrus Harding then took two slips of zinc, one of which was plunged into azotic acid, the other into a solution of potash.
But it would be easy to make some guncotton, or even ordinary powder, as we have azotic acid, saltpeter, sulphur, and coal.
The only thing to be collected, therefore, was elder-pith, for as to the other substance necessary for the manufacture of pyroxyle, it was only fuming azotic acid.
A number of glass bottles were made and filled with azotic acid.
Cyrus Harding had only at his disposal the ordinary azotic acid and not the fuming or monohydrate azotic acid, that is to say, acid which emits white vapors when it comes in contact with damp air; but by substituting for the latter ordinary azotic acid, mixed, in the proportion of from three to five volumes of concentrated sulphuric acid, the engineer obtained the same result.
Taking some azotic acid, he mixed it with glycerine, which had been previously concentrated by evaporation, subjected to the water-bath, and he obtained, without even employing a refrigerant mixture, several pints of an oily yellow mixture.
To make pyroxyle, the cotton must be immersed in the fuming azotic acid for a quarter of an hour, then washed in cold water and dried.
In default of fulminate, he could easily obtain a substance similar to guncotton, since he had azotic acid at his disposal.
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