from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The univalent radical NO3 or a compound containing it, as a salt or an ester of nitric acid.
  • n. Fertilizer consisting of sodium nitrate or potassium nitrate.
  • transitive v. To treat with nitric acid or a nitrate, usually to change (an organic compound) into a nitrate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any salt or ester of nitric acid.
  • v. To treat, or react, with nitric acid or a nitrate

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A salt of nitric acid.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To treat or prepare with nitric acid: as, nitrated guncotton.
  • To convert (a base) into a salt by combination with nitric acid.
  • n. A salt of nitric acid.
  • n. Important experiments have been made on an industrial scale for the production economically of nitrates from atmospheric air by high-tension electrical discharges through moist air in the presence of basic materials.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. treat with nitric acid, so as to change an organic compound into a nitrate
  • n. any compound containing the nitrate group (such as a salt or ester of nitric acid)


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