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Definition of nitride

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a binary compound of nitrogen with a more electropositive element


nitrided; nitriding

Definition of nitride (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to case-harden (a material, such as steel) by causing the surface to absorb nitrogen

Examples of nitride in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Elison Matioli, a professor at the Institute of Electrical Engineering at EPFL, and his colleagues used a chip comprising a thin layer of a semiconducting material called gallium nitride, or GaN, atop a thicker silicon substrate. Mariana Lenharo, Scientific American, "Blood and Silicon: New Electronics-Cooling System Mimics Human Capillaries," 9 Sep. 2020 The lithium nitride then reacts with protons and electrons coming from the anode to make NH3, regenerating the lithium. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "Making commodity chemicals requires fossil fuels. New devices could do it with renewables," 4 May 2020 These rifles come equipped with 30-inch, 1:22-twist fluted Bergara barrels with either a nitride or satin stainless finish, which makes fast reloads simpler and more precise with Bergara's Bullet Guiding Muzzle. Brad Fitzpatrick, Outdoor Life, "The 8 Best Modern Muzzleloaders," 26 Feb. 2019 Inside the antenna is a small square of graphene atop a layer of boron nitride. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "What If WiFi Could Charge Your Phone in the Future?," 2 Apr. 2020 The plates are coated with nickel and smooth titanium nitride, which is commonly found on medical scalpels for sharpness retention and on costume jewelry for a blingy finish. Brennan Kilbane, Allure, "Exclusive: Dyson Launches the Corrale, Its First Straightener," 10 Mar. 2020 All three models come with fluted chrome moly barrels in a corrosion-resistant nitride finish on the inside and outside of the barrel, TAC-2 trigger system with the trigger set at 2 pounds, Comfort Grip overmolding and Accelerator breech plug. Brad Fitzpatrick, Outdoor Life, "The 8 Best Modern Muzzleloaders," 26 Feb. 2019 Hexagonal boron nitride is also becoming recognized as a fascinating 2D material in its own right. Mark Zastrow, Scientific American, "The Crystal Kings," 26 Nov. 2019 To make the process just as effective, but far safer, the PPPL team tested the use of both pure boron and boron nitride powders. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "This Powder—Not Gas—Could Rescue Nuclear Fusion," 26 Dec. 2019

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1850, in the meaning defined above


1928, in the meaning defined above

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“Nitride.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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: a binary compound of nitrogen with a more electropositive element

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