ni·​tride | \ ˈnī-ˌtrīd How to pronounce nitride (audio) \

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 Officials in Tokyo originally planned to include Japanese industry in the gallium-nitride production, but eventually abandoned that plan owing to a lack of local capacity. David Axe, Forbes, 13 Oct. 2021 Many of the most tangible things made possible by gallium nitride, also known as GaN, are happening in power electronics. Christopher Mims, WSJ, 17 July 2021 Razer announced two more products alongside the Blade 14: the $800 Razer Raptor 27, a 27-inch 165Hz 1440p monitor with THX certification, and the $180 Razer USB-C GaN Charger, a four-port 130 watt gallium-nitride charger. Alaina Yee, PCWorld, 14 June 2021 There are also options like nitride finishing, and brand-name processes like DuraCoat, and Perma-Cote. Natalie Krebs, Outdoor Life, 11 Jan. 2021 Gallium nitride is a material used in an advanced type of chip that allows NXP's power amplifiers, transistors and other components, installed atop those increasingly ubiquitous cellphone towers, to handle more cellphone transmissions more quickly. Russ Wiles, The Arizona Republic, 23 Oct. 2020 Gallium nitride, for example, emits blue light, whereas gallium arsenide emits red. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, 2 Nov. 2020 NXP Semiconductors this week received a green light to start shipping its first components from an advanced Gallium nitride factory in Chandler. Russ Wiles, The Arizona Republic, 23 Oct. 2020 The facility, in northeast Chandler, employs about 1,500 people, including about 250 focused on the new gallium nitride components. Russ Wiles, The Arizona Republic, 23 Oct. 2020

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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 16 Oct. 2021.

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ni·​tride | \ ˈnī-ˌtrīd How to pronounce nitride (audio) \

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: a binary compound of nitrogen with a more electropositive element

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