Definitions of nitrogen

  1. a common nonmetallic element that is normally a colorless odorless tasteless inert diatomic gas; constitutes 78 percent of the atmosphere by volume; a constituent of all living tissues
  2. A colorless nonmetallic element, tasteless and odorless, comprising four fifths of the atmosphere by volume. It is chemically very inert in the free state, and as such is incapable of supporting life ( hence the name azote still used by French chemists); but it forms many important compounds, as ammonia, nitric acid, the cyanides, etc, and is a constituent of all organized living tissues, animal or vegetable. Symbol N. Atomic weight 14. It was formerly regarded as a permanent noncondensible gas, but was liquefied in 1877 by Cailletet of Paris, and Pictet of Geneva.
  3. A colorless, odorless, tasteless gas which forms four- fifths of the volume of the atmosphere, and is the basis of nitric acid.
  4. A gas present in the atmosphere, four parts out of five of which it represents.
  5. A gas forming nearly four- fifths of common air, so called from its being an essential constituent of nitre.
  7. An elementary gas, forming nearly four- fifths of atmospheric air.
  8. An odorless, colorless, gaseous element forming four fifths of the volume of the air.
  9. Nitrongenous.
  10. That element which is the basis of nitric acid, and the principal ingredient in atmospheric air.
  11. That elementary gas which forms the base of nitric acid, and composes four- fifths by bulk of our atmosphere- it does not sustain animal life.
  12. An elementary gas composing four- fifths of the volume of the atmosphere.

Usage examples for nitrogen

  1. " There are three processes to extract nitrogen and oxygen from air. – The Air Trust by George Allan England
  2. The former foodstuff contains the element nitrogen,- one of the necessary elements for the growth and maintenance of the body. – School and Home Cooking by Carlotta C. Greer
  3. Gardeners hold that a grape- border may be too rich in plant- food, especially too rich in nitrogen. – Manual of American Grape-Growing by U. P. Hedrick
  4. Nitrogen, incidentally, is the most costly element to buy in commercial fertilizers. – A Living from the Land by William B. Duryee
  5. We shipped only pure oxygen at about three pounds pressure, instead of loading it with a lot of useless nitrogen. – Let'em Breathe Space by Lester del Rey
  6. Pure oxygen would be too active for us to live in, so it is mixed with nitrogen. – New National Fourth Reader by Charles J. Barnes and J. Marshall Hawkes
  7. " That is a very good question," added Miette, laughing; " surely you cannot eat nitrogen and you cannot eat gas." – In Search of a Son by William Shepard Walsh
  8. The nitrogen supply, however, must come from without. – Dry-Farming by John A. Widtsoe
  9. We think in such English; we talk in it; to revolt from this style, to which the Associated Press has given the largest circulation on record, would be like protesting against the nitrogen in our air. – Definitions by Henry Seidel Canby
  10. " Nitrogen can go hang," said he. – The Air Trust by George Allan England
  11. These figures do not take into consideration the further increase of soil productivity by various methods of fertilization other than those resulting from planting crops which enrich the soil with nitrogen, phosphoric acid, potash and calcium, the essential elements of plant growth. –  by
  12. For mankind could by no means digest it pure and unadulterated, just as we cannot live in pure oxygen but require an addition of four- fifths of nitrogen. – Essays of Schopenhauer by Arthur Schopenhauer
  13. Light a splinter and, slipping the cover to one side, thrust the flame into the jar of nitrogen, noting the effect. – Physiology and Hygiene for Secondary Schools by Francis M. Walters, A.M.
  14. I could see no trace of nitrogen. – Frenzied Fiction by Stephen Leacock
  15. The air we breathe; composed of four parts of nitrogen and one part of oxygen, principally. – The Wonder Island Boys: Exploring the Island by Roger Thompson Finlay
  16. A few men of science mingled in the conversation, like nitrogen in the atmosphere, and several vaudevillistes shed rays like the sparking diamonds that give neither light nor heat. – The Magic Skin by Honore de Balzac
  17. However, a Kjeldahl analysis of the product shows that only a trace of nitrogen compounds is present. – Organic-Syntheses by Conant, James Bryant
  18. When several gases are mixed, as oxygen and nitrogen are in our atmosphere, the molecules of each gas continue to move with their own characteristic velocities. – The Story of the Heavens by Robert Stawell Ball
  19. Sawyer and Man proposed, in 1878, to make the bottom plate of glass instead of metal, and provided ingenious arrangements for charging the lamp chamber with an atmosphere of pure nitrogen gas which does not support combustion. – Edison, His Life and Inventions by Frank Lewis Dyer and Thomas Commerford Martin