: to case-harden (as steel) by causing the surface to absorb nitrogen
First Known Use of NITRIDE
Medical Definition of NITRIDE
: a binary compound of nitrogen with a more electropositive element
Any of a class of chemical compounds in which nitrogen is combined with an element of similar or lower electronegativity, such as boron, silicon, and most metals. Some examples of nitrides include boron nitride, calcium nitride, aluminum nitride, and cyanogen. Although some nitrides are unstable, others, especially nitrides of silicon, titanium, and tantalum, are very refractory and hard and thus are useful as abrasives and in making crucibles.