nitride


1ni·tride

noun \ˈnī-ˌtrīd\

Definition of NITRIDE

:  a binary compound of nitrogen with a more electropositive element

Origin of NITRIDE

International Scientific Vocabulary
First Known Use: 1850

2nitride

verb
ni·trid·edni·trid·ing

Definition of NITRIDE

transitive verb
:  to case-harden (as steel) by causing the surface to absorb nitrogen

First Known Use of NITRIDE

1928

ni·tride

noun \ˈnī-ˌtrīd\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of NITRIDE

: a binary compound of nitrogen with a more electropositive element

nitride

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

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.

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