oxidizer

noun
ox·​i·​diz·​er | \ ˈäk-sə-ˌdī-zər How to pronounce oxidizer (audio) \

Definition of oxidizer

: oxidizing agent especially : one used to support the combustion of a rocket propellant

Examples of oxidizer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The line feeding liquid oxygen into the rocket engine breached, and, without a supply of oxidizer, the kerosene fuel would not burn. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Virgin Orbit has a unique launch capability, but it’s come at a high price," 6 Oct. 2020 Two years earlier, a trailer at Damascus leaked oxidizer, the component that mixes with rocket fuel to propel a rocket into space or toward a strategic target. Vince Guerrieri, Popular Mechanics, "40 Years Ago, We Almost Blew Up Arkansas," 18 Sep. 2020 Unlike its predecessor, the Titan II used hypergolic propellant, with fuel and oxidizer stored in the missile—at room temperature—and mixed to launch almost instantaneously. Vince Guerrieri, Popular Mechanics, "40 Years Ago, We Almost Blew Up Arkansas," 18 Sep. 2020 According to Stegman’s calculations, a full-scale Fenris engine could reduce the amount of oxidizer a rocket needs to carry by around 20 percent. Daniel Oberhaus, Ars Technica, "The rocket motor of the future “breathes” air like a jet engine," 27 June 2020 According to Stegman’s calculations, a full-scale Fenris engine could reduce the amount of oxidizer a rocket needs to carry by around 20 percent. Daniel Oberhaus, Ars Technica, "The rocket motor of the future “breathes” air like a jet engine," 27 June 2020 And an oxidizer is used to kill both inorganic and organic contaminants. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "6 Things To Know Before Installing an Inground Pool," 14 June 2020 According to Stegman’s calculations, a full-scale Fenris engine could reduce the amount of oxidizer a rocket needs to carry by around 20 percent. Daniel Oberhaus, Ars Technica, "The rocket motor of the future “breathes” air like a jet engine," 27 June 2020 According to Stegman’s calculations, a full-scale Fenris engine could reduce the amount of oxidizer a rocket needs to carry by around 20 percent. Daniel Oberhaus, Ars Technica, "The rocket motor of the future “breathes” air like a jet engine," 27 June 2020

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First Known Use of oxidizer

1850, in the meaning defined above

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21 Oct 2020

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“Oxidizer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oxidizer. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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