Definition of aqua fortis in English:

aqua fortis

Syllabification: aq·ua for·tis
Pronunciation: /ˈäkwə ˈfôrtis, ˈak-


Archaic term for nitric acid.
More example sentences
  • The old name of nitric acid is aqua fortis meaning ‘strong water.’
  • Old time gun makers stained their stocks with aqua fortis, a combination of nitric acid diluted with distilled water and iron filings.
  • Nitric acid at this phase is called aqua fortis and when it is concentrated, concentrated nitric.


late 15th century: from Latin, literally 'strong water'.

Definition of aqua fortis in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day deictic
Pronunciation: ˈdeɪktɪk
denoting a word whose meaning depends on context...