nitrate

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See also: Nitrate and nitraté

English[edit]

Canonical forms of the nitrate ion, NO3, resonating.

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From French nitrate.

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  • (US) enPR: nī'trāt, IPA(key): /ˈnaɪˌtɹeɪt/, [ˈnaɪ̯ˌtʰɹeɪ̯t]
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nitrate (plural nitrates)

  1. (chemistry) Any salt or ester of nitric acid.
    • 1992 March 10, “Removal of Nitrates”, in The New York Times[1], ISSN 0362-4331:
      Nitrates are most commonly used in fertilizers, especially sodium and potassium nitrates. Numerous water wells have had to be abandoned because of the lack of a way to deal with the problem.
    • 2003 August 11, Paul Brown, “Nitrate pollution raises water bills”, in The Guardian[2]:
      The underground water which feeds Britain's springs and rivers and provides a third of its drinking water is becoming seriously polluted with nitrates, causing a threat to wildlife and landing consumers with a big purification bill.
    • 2018 March 1, Bee Wilson, “Yes, bacon really is killing us”, in The Guardian[3]:
      The pinkness of bacon – or cooked ham, or salami – is a sign that it has been treated with chemicals, more specifically with nitrates and nitrites.

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nitrate (third-person singular simple present nitrates, present participle nitrating, simple past and past participle nitrated)

  1. To treat, or react, with nitric acid or a nitrate

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French[edit]

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nitrate m (plural nitrates)

  1. nitrate
    Synonym: azotate (rare)

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nitrate

  1. second-person plural present indicative of nitrare
  2. second-person plural imperative of nitrare
  3. feminine plural of nitrato

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