from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A colorless, oily liquid, CH3NO2, used in making dyes and resins, in organic synthesis, as a fuel in racecar engines, and as a rocket propellant.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A colorless oily compound, CH3NO2, prepared by the action of silver nitrite on methyl iodide. It boils at 101° C. and has acid properties.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Chem.) A nitro derivative of methane (CH3.NO2), obtained as a mobile liquid; -- called also nitrocarbol. It has been used as a rocket fuel and as a gasoline additive to add power to the fuel, especially in racing cars.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun a colourless oily liquid used in organic synthesis, and as a fuel for rockets, racing cars and model aircraft
  • noun chemistry the simplest nitroparaffin, CH3NO2


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