Adjective "saltpetre" definition and examples

(Saltpetre may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/sɔːltˈpiːtə//sɒltˈpiːtə/

Definitions and examples

noun

  1. 'Potassium nitrate, also known as niter or saltpeter, has been used to preserve meat and is found in toothpaste formulated for sensitive teeth.'
  2. 'The salt most used is common salt, sodium chloride, but saltpetre (which consists of potassium nitrate and sodium nitrate) has similar effects.'

More definitions

1. the form of potassium nitrate, KNO 3 , that occurs naturally, used in the manufacture of fireworks, fluxes, gunpowder, etc.; niter.

2. Chile saltpeter.

More examples(as adjective)

"imports can be saltpetre."

Origin

(saltpeter)Late Middle English: from Old French salpetre, from medieval Latin salpetra, probably representing sal petrae ‘salt of rock’ (i.e. found as an encrustation). The change in the first element was due to association with salt.