nitric


nitric
nitric (adj.) 1794, originally in reference to acid obtained initially from distillation of saltpeter; see NITRE (Cf. nitre) + -IC (Cf. -ic). Perhaps immediately from Fr. nitrique. Known as aqua fortis, later acid spirit of nitre, then nitric acid. (1787) under the system ordered by Lavoisier.

Etymology dictionary. 2014.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Nitric — Ni tric, a. [Cf. F. nitrique. See {Niter}.] (Chem.) Of, pertaining to, or containing, nitrogen; specifically, designating any one of those compounds in which, as contrasted with {nitrous} compounds, the element has a higher valence; as, nitric… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • nitric — NÍTRIC, Ă, nitrici, ce, adj. (chim.) Azotic. ♢ Acid nitric = acid azotic. – Din fr. nitrique. Trimis de RACAI, 13.09.2007. Sursa: DEX 98  nítric adj. m. (sil. tric), pl. nítrici; f. sg …   Dicționar Român

  • nitric — [nī′trik] adj. [Fr nitrique: see NITER & IC] 1. of or containing nitrogen 2. designating or of compounds in which nitrogen has a higher valence than in the corresponding nitrous compounds …   English World dictionary

  • nitric — [[t]na͟ɪtrɪk[/t]] ADJ: ADJ n Nitric means relating to or containing nitrogen. Nitric oxide gobbles up ozone …   English dictionary

  • nitric — adj. of or containing nitrogen, esp. in the quinquevalent state. Phrases and idioms: nitric acid a colourless corrosive poisonous liquid. Usage: Chem. formula: HNO3 nitric oxide a colourless gas. Usage: Chem. formula: NO. Etymology: F nitrique… …   Useful english dictionary

  • nitric — adj. Nitric is used with these nouns: ↑acid …   Collocations dictionary

  • nitric — /nuy trik/, adj. Chem. 1. containing nitrogen, usually in the pentavalent state. 2. of or pertaining to niter. [1785 95; NITR + IC, modeled on F nitrique] * * * …   Universalium

  • nitric — adjective Of, pertaining to, or containing, nitrogen …   Wiktionary

  • nitric — ni·tric nī trik adj of, relating to, or containing nitrogen esp. with a higher valence than in corresponding nitrous compounds * * * ni·tric (niґtrik) pertaining to or containing nitrogen, applied especially to compounds containing nitrogen with… …   Medical dictionary

  • nítric — ní|tric Mot Pla Adjectiu variable …   Diccionari Català-Català