Niter
Niter Ni"ter, Nitre Ni"tre, n. [F. nitre, L. nitrum native soda, natron, Gr. ?; cf. Ar. nit[=u]n, natr[=u]n natron. Cf. {Natron}.] 1. (Chem.) A white crystalline semitransparent salt; potassium nitrate; saltpeter. See {Saltpeter}. [1913 Webster]

2. (Chem.) Native sodium carbonate; natron. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

For though thou wash thee with niter, and take thee much soap, yet thine iniquity is marked before me. --Jer. ii. 22. [1913 Webster]

{Cubic niter}, a deliquescent salt, sodium nitrate, found as a native incrustation, like niter, in Peru and Chile, whence it is known also as {Chile saltpeter}.

{Niter bush} (Bot.), a genus ({Nitraria}) of thorny shrubs bearing edible berries, and growing in the saline plains of Asia and Northern Africa. [1913 Webster]


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  • niter — see NITRE (Cf. nitre) …   Etymology dictionary

  • niter — [nīt′ər] n. [ME nitre < MFr < L nitrum < Gr nitron, native soda, natron < Heb or Egypt: Heb netr < Egypt nṯr] 1. POTASSIUM NITRATE 2. SODIUM NITRATE: Also Chiefly Brit. nitre …   English World dictionary

  • Niter — Nitre redirects here. For other meanings of the word Niter and Nitre , see Nitre (disambiguation). Niter General Category Nitrates Chemical formula KNO3 Strunz classification …   Wikipedia

  • niter — noun Etymology: Middle English nitre natron, from Middle French, from Latin nitrum, from Greek nitron, from Egyptian n{tuline}ry Date: 1667 1. potassium nitrate 2. archaic Chile saltpeter …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • niter — /nuy teuhr/, n. 1. See potassium nitrate. 2. See sodium nitrate. Also, esp. Brit., nitre. [1375 1425; late ME nitre < L nitrum < Gk nítron NATRON] * * * …   Universalium

  • niter — noun A mineral form of potassium nitrate used in making gunpowder. See Also: nitric, nitrifaction, nitrify, nitrogen, nitrous …   Wiktionary

  • niter — SYN: potassium nitrate. [G. nitron, soda, formerly not distinguished from potash] cubic n. SYN: sodium nitrate. * * * ni·ter or chiefly Brit ni·tre nīt ər n 1) POTASSIUM NITRATE 2) …   Medical dictionary

  • niter —    A white orthorhombic mineral KNO3. It is a soluble crystalline salt that occurs as a product of nitrification in most arable soils in hot, dry regions, and in the loose earth forming the floors of some natural caves [1].    Synonyms:… …   Lexicon of Cave and Karst Terminology

  • Niter — Ni|ter der; s, <zu lat. nitrum »Soda, Natron«, vgl. ↑Nitrum> ein farbloses, weißes od. graues Mineral, das als Ausblühung des Bodens vorkommt …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • niter — ni|ter [ naıtər ] noun uncount a type of NITRATE …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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