Definitions

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

  • n. A salt or ester of picric acid.

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  • n. any salt or ester of picric acid

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A salt of picric acid.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A salt of picric acid.

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Examples

  • Picric acid is a crystalline bitter product extracted from coal - tar, and forming, in combination with potash, a yellow salt known as picrate of potash.

    The Survivors of the Chancellor

  • Picric acid is a crystalline bitter product extracted from coal-tar, and forming, in combination with potash, a yellow salt known as picrate of potash.

    The Survivors of the Chancellor, diary of J.R. Kazallon, passenger

  • It was under the action of this cylinder, charged with some explosive substance, nitro - glycerine, picrate, or some other material of the same nature, that the water of the channel had been raised like a dome, the bottom of the brig crushed in, and she had sunk instantly, the damage done to her hull being so considerable that it was impossible to refloat her.

    The Mysterious Island

  • Amongst the first things that were found was the case of picrate, perfectly intact; having neither been injured by the water, nor of course reached by the flames.

    The Survivors of the Chancellor

  • With characteristic Anglo-Saxon incautiousness he had brought on board with the rest of his baggage, a case containing no less than thirty pounds of picrate, and had allowed the explosive matter to be stowed in the hold with as little compunction as a Frenchman would feel in smuggling a single bottle of wine.

    The Survivors of the Chancellor

  • Fortunately, even Ruby himself in the midst of his ravings, had not dropped a word about the picrate that had been deposited in the hold; for although the mate had a power over the sailors that Captain Huntly had never possessed, I feel certain that if the true state of the case had been known, nothing on earth would have prevented some of them, in their consternation, from effecting an escape.

    The Survivors of the Chancellor

  • “Picrate, picrate!” and being thus for the first time made aware of the true nature of their peril, they resolved at every hazard to accomplish their escape.

    The Survivors of the Chancellor

  • As for the picrate, for the time we have quite forgotten its existence; indeed it might almost seem as though its explosion would come as a relief, for no catastrophe, however terrible, could far exceed the torture of our suspense.

    The Survivors of the Chancellor

  • In another moment the words “picrate of potash” brought me to my feet? and with an involuntary impulse I rushed up to Ruby, and seized him by the shoulder.

    The Survivors of the Chancellor

  • “But tell me, Mr. Falsten,” I asked, “is it possible for picrate of potash to ignite without concussion?”

    The Survivors of the Chancellor

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