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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 Applied Chemistry (1912)

by Sir Thomas Edward Thorpe

Le Chatelier has proposed to crystallise a little potassium chlorate with the ammonium nitrate to render the mixtures more sensitive. Mere addition of the chlorate is inadmissible because ! of the great danger in mixing, and the action of the ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia Americana (1905)

A universal reference library comprising the arts and sciences ... commerce, etc., of the world by George Edwin Rines, Frederick Converse Beach

Flameless Explosives, explosives containing ammonium nitrate, with or without ammonium oxalate, which are to be used in blasting in mines containing fire damp or combustible dust. As examples of such explosives we have "ammonite," ...

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 previewEncyclopedia of Forensic Sciences (2012)

lnorganics This covers explosives that contain inorganic oxidizers such as ammonium nitrate and potassium perchlorate together with fuels such as sulfur and aluminum.

Google previewBrewers and Bottlers Universal Encyclopedia (1910)

A Complete Reference Book and Guide

——18 Snow 12; common salt 5; ammonium nitrate 5 .

+50 — 3 53 Ammonium nitrate 1; sodium carbonate 1; water 1 .

+50 —12 62 Sodium sulphate 6; ammonium nitrate 5; dilute nitric acid 4 .

Google previewThe New York Botanical Garden Illustrated Encyclopedia of Horticulture (1982)

by Thomas H. Everett

AND OTHER SUBSTANCES RELATED TO GARDENING Algicide Aluminum Sulfate Ammonium Nitrate Ammonium Sulfate Antibiotics Ashes Auxins Basic Slag Blood Meal Bonemeal Bordeaux Mixture Calcium Carbonate Calcium Chloride ...

Google previewFoods and Food Production Encyclopedia (2012)

by Douglas M. Considine

The final product is obtained by prilling or granulating the ammonium nitrate melt. For fertilizer, the product is furnished as high-density prills1 with a size of 1 to 3 millimeters, or as granules. Final moisture content ranges from 0.2% to 0.4%.

Google previewSoil and Environmental Science Dictionary (2001)

by E.G. Gregorich, L. W. Turchenek, M.R. Carter, Denis A. Angers

amendement du sol ammoniation ammoniation ammonium nitrate nitrate d' ammonium ammonium phosphate phosphate d'ammonium ammonium sulfate sulfate d'ammonium antagonism antagonisme available nutrient élément assimilable ...

Google previewDictionary of Agronomy (1989)

by L. L. Somani

Calcium Ammonium Nitrate (CAN). This is an inorganic material made by reacting ammonia with nitric acid and adding and pulverized dolomite of calcium carbonate before prilling or granulation. Basically, it is one of the old solid forms of ...

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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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