Mordant : Definition

Mordant

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Definitions of Mordant

Pronunciation : Mor"dant
Part of Speech : a.
Etymology : [F., p.pr. of mordere to bite; L. mordere. See Morsel.]
Definition : 1. Biting; caustic; sarcastic; keen; severe.

2. (Dyeing & Calico Printing)

Defn: Serving to fix colors.
Source : Webster's Unabridged Dictionary, 1913

Pronunciation : Mor"dant
Part of Speech : n.
Etymology : [F., originally, biting.]
Definition : 1. Any corroding substance used in etching.

2. (Dyeing & Calico Printing)

Defn: Any substance, as alum or copperas, which, having a twofold attraction for organic fibers and coloring matter, serves as a bond of union, and thus gives fixity to, or bites in, the dyes.

3. (Gilding)

Defn: Any sticky matter by which the gold leaf is made to adhere.
Source : Webster's Unabridged Dictionary, 1913

Pronunciation : Mor"dant
Part of Speech : v.
Definition : Defn: To subject to the action of, or imbue with, a mordant; as, to mordant goods for dyeing.

t. [imp. & p. p. Mordanted; p. pr. & vb. n. Mordanting.]
Source : Webster's Unabridged Dictionary, 1913

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