nitride

1 of 2

noun

ni·​tride ˈnī-ˌtrīd How to pronounce nitride (audio)
: a binary compound of nitrogen with a more electropositive element

nitride

2 of 2

verb

nitrided; nitriding

transitive verb

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

Examples of nitride in a Sentence

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Noun
And so aluminum nitride is kind of another step along that, to be able to handle even higher voltages, being able to handle bigger currents. Stephen Cass, IEEE Spectrum, 6 Mar. 2024 In each device, a 40-nanometer-wide niobium-titanium nitride wire was cooled to about 2 kelvin (about -271 °C), rendering the wire superconductive. IEEE Spectrum, 1 Feb. 2024 Gallium nitride devices are routinely fabricated on substrates of SiC. IEEE Spectrum, 16 Jan. 2024 Iron nitride is a new magnetic material with its own balance of properties. IEEE Spectrum, 15 Nov. 2023 For iron nitride, the authors gave a κ value of 0.53. IEEE Spectrum, 15 Nov. 2023 In the new study, researchers experimented with hexagonal boron nitride. IEEE Spectrum, 6 Apr. 2023 Gallium nitride is often used in power electronics, high-frequency electronics and blue LEDs. Debbie G. Senesky, Scientific American, 17 Oct. 2023 That’s the boron nitride in the formula, explains cosmetic chemist Ginger King. Jesa Marie Calaor, Allure, 23 Sep. 2023

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

International Scientific Vocabulary

First Known Use

Noun

1850, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1928, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nitride was in 1850

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“Nitride.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nitride. Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition

nitride

noun
ni·​tride ˈnī-ˌtrīd How to pronounce nitride (audio)
: a binary compound of nitrogen with a more electropositive element

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