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Definition of "nitrate" []

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

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "nitrate" in a sentence
  • "Anyone with a semester in chemistry should realise that sodium nitrate is not metallic sodium. ooooze Says:"
  • "Bottles of uranium nitrate from the uranium mines in St. Joachimsthal."
  • "The most common ingredient in Afghan IEDs is ammonium nitrate, which is used to make fertilizer."