What does the word nitrate mean?

Usage examples for nitrate

  1. He used to work for the Nitrate Trust in New York. – The Spy by Richard Harding Davis
  2. He knew where he could find a bottle full of cyanide of potassium, used for removing finger- stains left by silver nitrate; there was enough of it to poison a whole regiment. – The Martian by George Du Maurier

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