What does the word nitrous mean?

Usage examples for nitrous

  1. It may, like all other strong potations, it is true, induce you to make a fool of yourself when under its influence; but like the nitrous- oxide gas, its effects are passing, and as the pleasure is an ecstasy for the time, and your constitution none the worse when it is over, I really see no harm in it. – Charles O'Malley, The Irish Dragoon, Volume 2 (of 2) by Charles Lever
  2. We have treated them to mouthfuls of moonshine, and draughts of nitrous oxide, which they swallowed with incredible voracity, particularly the females; and we have likewise endeavored to instil into them the precepts of lunar philosophy. – Knickerbocker's History of New York, Complete by Washington Irving
  3. The engineer hoped to find in the products of succeeding years some analogy with those of Switzerland, to which this nitrous substance is, as we know, a source of perpetual riches. – The Village Rector by Honore de Balzac

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