Meaning of “cyanide” in the English Dictionary


"cyanide" in English

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cyanidenoun [ U ]

uk /ˈsaɪə.naɪd/ us /ˈsaɪə.naɪd/

Examples from literature

  • A cyanide will become decomposed and eliminate nitrogen gas, while the residue is charred. 
  • Place one ounce of cyanide of potassium into the bottle and pour in enough dry sawdust to cover the lumps of poison. 
  • Then, opening the clip, run through more cyanide solution and then water, so as to wash the gold-carrying liquor thoroughly into the beaker. 
  • There is no hot water, no sterilising, no cyanide gauze even, but iodine saves many lives, and we have plenty of it. 
  • When tested by cyanide of potassium the gold in the ore often changes into iron pyrites. 

(Definition of “cyanide” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"cyanide" in American English

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cyanidenoun [ U ]

us /ˈsɑɪ·əˌnɑɪd/

(Definition of “cyanide” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)