, n. [From L. nitens, p. pr. of niti to strive.] Endeavor; effort; tendency. [R.] Boyle.
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} (?), n. [F. nitre, L. nitrum native soda, natron, Gr. ; cf. Ar. nitn, natrn natron. Cf. Natron.] 1. (Chem.) A white crystalline semitransparent salt; potassium nitrate; saltpeter. See Saltpeter.
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2. (Chem.) Native sodium carbonate; natron. [Obs.]
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For though thou wash thee with niter, and take thee much soap, yet thine iniquity is marked before me.
Jer. ii. 22.
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Cubic niter, a deliquescent salt, sodium nitrate, found as a native incrustation, like niter, in Peru and Chile, whence it is known also as Chile saltpeter. -- Niter bush (Bot.), a genus (Nitraria) of thorny shrubs bearing edible berries, and growing in the saline plains of Asia and Northern Africa.
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