a reddish-brown, highly poisonous gas, NO 2 , used as an intermediate in the manufacture of nitric and sulfuric acids, and as a nitrating and oxidizing agent; a major air pollutant from the exhaust of internal combustion engines that are not fitted with pollution control devices.
When gasoline, coal or oil are burned, they give off sulfur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide.
British Dictionary definitions for nitrogen dioxide
a red-brown poisonous irritating gas that, at ordinary temperatures, exists in equilibrium with dinitrogen tetroxide. It is an intermediate in the manufacture of nitric acid, a nitrating agent, and also an oxidizer for rocket fuels. Formula: NO2