ni·​tro·​meth·​ane | \ ˌnī-trō-ˈme-ˌthān How to pronounce nitromethane (audio) , British usually -ˈmē- \

Definition of nitromethane

: a liquid nitroparaffin CH3NO2 that is used as an industrial solvent, in chemical synthesis, and as a fuel for rockets and high-performance engines

Examples of nitromethane in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But Top Fuel dragsters — the long, ultra-fast cars that dominate drag racing — can use up to 23 gallons of a fuel called nitromethane to go 1,000 feet. Elena Shao,, "Car racing doesn’t sound eco-friendly, but Sonoma Raceway wants to change that," 26 July 2019 Federal agents initiated an investigation into Schaefer in late September amid concerns that Schaefer had been buying an explosive liquid called nitromethane, remotes used to set off fireworks and more than one hundred electric matches. Maxine Bernstein,, "Rock Creek man arrested after explosion in SUV now held on federal charges," 19 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of nitromethane

1872, in the meaning defined above

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“Nitromethane.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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