silver iodide

noun

Definition of silver iodide

: a compound AgI that darkens on exposure to light and is used in photography, rainmaking, and medicine

Examples of silver iodide in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As part of Project Cirrus, military officials decided to drop silver iodide or dry ice into the storm to promote ice crystals and perhaps weaken the storm even further. Eric Niiler, Wired, "Can a Bubble Net Stop a Hurricane? Some Norwegians Think So," 1 Sep. 2020 Last year, South Korea attempted to artificially make rain to fight air pollution, using an aircraft to fire 24 shots of silver iodide into clouds over the Yellow Sea. Fox News, "North Korea tests cloud seeding, 'making it rain' after devastating droughts," 5 May 2020 To induce rainfall, the furnaces burn chemical fuel to produce smoke laced with silver iodide. Popular Science, "China is using furnaces to manufacture 10 billion tons of rain," 11 Apr. 2018 For several decades, the U.S. government even ran an experimental program aimed at weakening cyclones by misting them with particles of silver iodide. Madeleine Stone, National Geographic, "Beyond nukes: how scientists dream of killing hurricanes," 27 Aug. 2019 That’s why many of the U.S. Navy’s hurricane hunter planes were in Puerto Rico trying to tame Hurricane Debbie with doses of silver iodide while Camille seethed in the Gulf of Mexico. Kimberly Miller, sun-sentinel.com, "Hurricane Camille and the turbulent, violent 1969 storm season still have mysteries," 17 Aug. 2019 The silver iodide will allow water vapor to condense, forming clouds that will draw rain. Laura Yan, Popular Mechanics, "China Is Building a Massive Network of Chemical Rainmakers," 15 Apr. 2018 Some researchers question the safety of the rain system: releasing silver iodide at ground level can potentially cause health issues for workers in the area. Laura Yan, Popular Mechanics, "China Is Building a Massive Network of Chemical Rainmakers," 15 Apr. 2018 The rainmakers, developed by China's Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, will burn chemical fuel to release silver iodide into the air. Laura Yan, Popular Mechanics, "China Is Building a Massive Network of Chemical Rainmakers," 15 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of silver iodide

1878, in the meaning defined above

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4 Sep 2020

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“Silver iodide.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/silver%20iodide. Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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silver iodide

noun

Medical Definition of silver iodide

: a compound AgI that darkens on exposure to light and is used in medicine as a local antiseptic

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