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,, 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,, 19 Oct. 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'nitromethane.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of nitromethane

1872, in the meaning defined above

Learn More About nitromethane

Time Traveler for nitromethane

Time Traveler

The first known use of nitromethane was in 1872

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near nitromethane



nitromuriatic acid

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for nitromethane

Cite this Entry

“Nitromethane.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon


Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Thing: Flower Edition

True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!