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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

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Sharygin said that synthetic boron nitride, another mineral produced at insanely hot temperatures, is likely the only mineral that comes close to being as hard as a diamond. Kimberly Hickok, Fox News, "Mineral never seen on Earth found inside Russian meteorite," 2 Oct. 2018 Well, partnered with manufacturers of silicon and GaN, gallium nitride. Gautam Srikishan, The Verge, "Anker CEO Steven Yang is all in on USB-C," 6 Nov. 2018 The patent describes how a laser diode can be configured to emit pulses of laser light using a circuit that includes an inductor and a gallium nitride transistor. Mark Harris, Ars Technica, "Vigilante engineer stops Waymo from patenting key lidar technology," 1 Oct. 2018 The materials being used here are molybdenum ditelluride (MoTe2), a semiconductor, and hexagonal boron nitride. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Researchers craft an LED just two atoms thick," 17 Oct. 2017 Instead, the researchers placed a layer of the boron nitride insulator on top of the MoTe2 (which also protected the MoTe2 from being oxidized). John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Researchers craft an LED just two atoms thick," 17 Oct. 2017 The transistors were printed using graphene nanosheets as electrodes, with tungsten diselenide and boron nitride (two other nanomaterials) as the other parts of the transistor. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian, "New Electronic Labels Could Alert You When Your Milk Spoils," 17 Apr. 2017 Having successfully enclosed the graphene in boron nitride, the researchers were able to generate surface plasmons that propagate with low losses for the entire length of the phase-shifting device. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "A future for light-powered wireless connectivity, thanks to graphene," 20 July 2017 At the center of the committee’s concerns on the Philips deal, according to Mr. Lewis, was a little known but increasingly important advanced semiconductor material called gallium nitride. Paul Mozur And Jane Perlez, New York Times, "U.S. Tech Giants May Blur National Security Boundaries in China Deals OCT. 30, 2015," 4 Feb. 2016

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1928, in the meaning defined above

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