Definition of nitre in English:

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nitre

Pronunciation: /ˈnʌɪtə/
(US niter)

noun

Another term for saltpetre.
Example sentences
  • The German U-boats were shooting on the boats, so most of the niter they were trying to import to make nitroglycerin was at the bottom of the ocean.
  • Various reflecting surfaces were used: polished metallic rocks such as obsidian, pyrite, and iron; rock crystal; and an alloy of rose copper and tin, plus an alchemical brew consisting of white arsenic, red tartar, and nitre.
  • Nitre, or niter, is also used to manufacture gunpowder.

Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French, from Latin nitrum, from Greek nitron.

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