Meaning of NITRATE in English
/ ˈnaɪtreɪt; NAmE / noun
[ U , C ] ( chemistry ) a compound containing nitrogen and oxygen . There are several different nitrates and they are used especially to make soil better for growing crops :
We need to cut nitrate levels in water.
late 18th cent.: from French (from nitre , from Latin nitrum , from Greek nitron + -ate ).
Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary. Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне. 2005