deliquesce

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v deliquesce melt or become liquid by absorbing moisture from the air "this type of salt deliquesces easily"
    • v deliquesce melt away in the process of decay "The fungi eventually deliquesced"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • deliquesce To melt or dissolve gradually, or become liquid by absorbing moisture from the air, as certain salts; melt away.
    • deliquesce In vegetable histology, to liquefy or melt away gradually, as part of the normal process of growth: said of certain tissues, especially the gills of fungi of the genus Coprinus. It differs from the analogous process in salts, being a vital phenomenon.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Deliquesce del-i-kwes′ to melt and become liquid by absorbing moisture, as certain salts, &c
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. deliquescĕrede, inten., liquescĕre, to become fluid—liquēre, to be fluid.

Usage

In literature:

Besides which he was deliquescent and scarlet, and felt so.
"The Wheels of Chance" by H. G. Wells
Helpless, boneless, and jelly-like, old age had overtaken her with a mild form of deliquescence.
"On the Frontier" by Bret Harte
If there were not one of them now and then society would deliquesce.
"The Golden House" by Charles Dudley Warner
When specimens are very old and decaying, the interior may become pulverulent or deliquescent.
"Fungi: Their Nature and Uses" by Mordecai Cubitt Cooke
C. it loses chlorine and leaves a black residue of trichromyl chloride, Cr3O6Cl2, which deliquesces on exposure to air.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 3" by Various
It deliquesces in the air and melts readily on heating.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 5" by Various
C. It deliquesces in moist air, and is decomposed violently by water.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 6" by Various
It is a brown deliquescent powder, which rapidly forms the green hydrated salt CuCl2, 2H2O on exposure.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 3" by Various
In its deliquescent state the odor is very repulsive.
"Student's Hand-book of Mushrooms of America, Edible and Poisonous" by Thomas Taylor
Pileus membranaceous; gills deliquescent at maturity.
"European Fungus Flora: Agaricaceae" by George Massee
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In poetry:

Drops of deliquescence glistened on his forehead,
Whitened round his feet the dust of efflorescence,
Till one Monday morning, when the flow suspended,
There was no De Sauty.
"De Sauty" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In science:

Similar models with non-diagonal reaction matrix were considered by Russel24 as a linked flux model and by Djikaev11 to study the nucleation in deliquescence using the theory of Melikhov et al.46 .
Steady-state nucleation rate and flux of composite nucleus at saddle point
Furthermore, only a numerical result of deliquescence path is given and a detailed theoretical analysis is missing11,24 .
Steady-state nucleation rate and flux of composite nucleus at saddle point
For a realistic model, he11 showed only numerically that the deliquescence path, which is the direction of nucleation flux, deviates from the direction of the equilibrium path of the steepest-descent on the freeenergy surface.
Steady-state nucleation rate and flux of composite nucleus at saddle point
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