ammonium nitrate

noun

Definition of ammonium nitrate

: a colorless crystalline salt NH4NO3 used in explosives and fertilizers and in veterinary medicine

Examples of ammonium nitrate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The investigation is looking into how hundreds of tons of ammonium nitrate, improperly stored at a port warehouse for years, detonated on Aug. 4, 2020. Arkansas Online, 16 Oct. 2021 More than a year since the explosion, victims are still waiting for answers from the investigation into why tons of ammonium nitrate were stored haphazardly in a warehouse for years before blowing up in a crowded city. BostonGlobe.com, 16 Oct. 2021 More than a year since the explosion, victims are still waiting for answers from the probe into why tons of ammonium nitrate were stored haphazardly in a warehouse for years before blowing up in a crowded city. Washington Post, 14 Oct. 2021 Soaring gas prices have forced the closure of two large UK fertiliser plants, sparking warnings of a looming shortage of ammonium nitrate that could hit food supplies as record energy prices start to reverberate through the global economy. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 18 Sep. 2021 Then came the explosion in the port of Beirut on Aug. 4, 2020, caused by 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate that had been confiscated from a ship six years earlier and stored negligently. Bill Addison, Los Angeles Times, 9 Sep. 2021 On Thursday, the Lebanese military discovered another four tonnes of ammonium nitrate near the port, the Associated Press reports. Editors, USA TODAY, 5 Sep. 2020 The powerful blast has been linked to a massive shipment of ammonium nitrate that authorities say was stored in the port of Beirut without safety precautions for years, -- despite warnings by local officials. Noura Abou Zeinab And Ben Morse, CNN, 8 Aug. 2020 The explosion a year ago of 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate, poorly stored in Beirut’s port, destroyed swaths of the capital and enveloped the city in a shroud of trauma that left more than 200 dead and 300,000 homeless. Scott Peterson, The Christian Science Monitor, 4 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of ammonium nitrate

1866, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of ammonium nitrate was in 1866

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20 Oct 2021

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ammonium nitrate

noun

Medical Definition of ammonium nitrate

: a colorless crystalline salt NH4NO3 used in explosives and fertilizers and in veterinary medicine as an expectorant and urinary acidifier

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