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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To free from nitric acid.
  • To remove the lower oxids of nitrogen from (nitrous vitriol), in the manufacture of sulphuric acid by the lead-chamber process, so that these oxids may not be lost, but returned to the lead-chambers.
  • To decompose (guncotton, nitroglycerin, or other nitric esters used as explosives), removing the nitric-acid radical and regenerating the cellulose, glycerin, etc., from which these were produced.


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