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Definition of the noun ammonium nitrate

What does ammonium nitrate mean as a name of something?


  1. used as an explosive and fertilizer and rocket propellant
    • lexical domain: Substances - nouns denoting substances
    • more generic word: nitrate = any compound containing the nitrate group
    • substance of: laughing gas / nitrous oxide = inhalation anesthetic used as an anesthetic in dentistry and surgery; fertiliser / fertilizer / plant food = any substance such as manure or a mixture of nitrates used to make soil more fertile

Alternative definition of the noun ammonium nitrate


  1. [inorganic compound] The ammonium salt of nitric acid, NH4NO3; it is used in fertilizers and explosives (notably in improvised explosive devices)


Ammonium nitrate: The chemical compound ammonium nitrate, the nitrate salt of ammonia, has the chemical formula NH₄NO₃. It is a white crystalline solid which is highly soluble in water. It is predominantly used in agriculture as a high-nitrogen fertilizer. The compound is used as explosives in mining, but also improvised explosive devices. It is the main component of ANFO, a popular explosive, which accounts for 80% explosives used in North America. It is used in instant cold packs, as hydrating the salt is an endothermic process.

  • also known as 硝酸铵

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Google previewEncyclopedia of Disasters (2007)

Environmental Catastrophes and Human Tragedies by Angus Macleod Gunn

in the morning of September 21, 1921, in Oppau, Germany, a massive ammonium nitrate explosion occurred at a chemical plant. The factory that processed the chemical and the village of Oppau were totally destroyed. Casualties were many.

Google previewA Dictionary of Chemical Solubilities (1896)

Inorganic by Arthur Messinger Comey

Ammonium nitrate ...

Google previewEncyclopedia and Handbook of Materials, Parts and Finishes, Third Edition (2016)

by Mel Schwartz

Ammonium nitrate is made by the action of nitric acid on ammonium hydroxide. It is a colorless to white, crystalline, hygroscopic powder of composition NH4NO3, soluble in water, alcohol, and alkalies. It is also used in fertilizers, pyrotechnics, ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia of Occupational Health and Safety: Chemical, industries and occupations (1998)

by Jeanne Mager Stellman

The major fertilizers are ammonia itself, ammonium nitrate, urea, ammonium sulphate and ammonium phosphate. There appears to be an environmental problem associated with nitrogen use, as the ground water in many farming areas is ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Soil Science (2007)

by Ward Chesworth

Ammonium nitrate has a relatively high concentration of nitrogen in a more rapidly available form (nitrate) and a form that is exchangeable and, consequently, less subject to leaching ( ammonium).

Google previewMarine Affairs Dictionary (2004)

Terms, Concepts, Laws, Court Cases, and International Conventions and Agreements by Niels West

(See also Ammonium; Ammonium Nitrate; Ammonium Sulfate) AMMONIA STRIPPING: Tertiary sewage treatment process in which ammonium is changed to ammonia gas by adding lime to the wastewater to increase the pH to 1 1.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Food Microbiology (2014)

by Carl A. Batt

Cultivation of Aspergillus fischeri Commercial glucose 200 Ammonium nitrate 10 Potassium dihydrogen phosphate 6.8 Magnesium sulfate, ...

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This is what most of the power generated by Vemork power plant went into. Ammonium Nitrate or saltpetre. Ferterliser.

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