Definition of oxide
: a binary compound of oxygen with a more electropositive element or group
oxidicplay \äk-ˈsi-dik\ adjective
Recent Examples of oxide from the Web
Volkswagen has been forced to pay out billions of dollars in fines and compensation after admitting that diesel vehicles were equipped with software to evade U.S. limits of nitrogen oxides, a pollutant that can harm people’s health.
The lawsuit filed by the Hagens Berman firm of Seattle alleges the trucks emit two to five times the legal limit for harmful nitrogen oxide.
Among the innovations was a system that sprays ammonia into a vehicle’s exhaust system to remove nitric oxide, one of the most harmful pollutants in diesel exhaust.
That ruling stated the impact report failed to include enforceable terms to ensure nitrogen oxide emissions from sediment hauler trucks would be reduced to less than significant levels.
Downs notes that even some forms of titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, both commonly found in sunscreens, can have a toxic effect on the sea.
The program for nitrogen oxide pollution was established in 1993 to offer flexibility to refineries, power plants and other large facilities.
The EPA alleged the scheme let the cars spew up to 40 times the allowable limit of nitrogen oxide, which can cause respiratory problems in humans.
Tillema is investigating why that nitrous-oxide tanker exploded in Cantonment, Florida, one afternoon in August.
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Origin and Etymology of oxide
French oxide, oxyde, from ox- (from oxygène oxygen) + -ide (from acide acid)
First Known Use: 1788
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Definition of oxide for English Language Learners
chemistry : a compound of oxygen and another substance
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Definition of oxide for Students
: a compound of oxygen with another element or group of elements an iron oxide
Medical Definition of oxide
: a binary compound of oxygen with a more electropositive element or chemical group
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