deliquescent

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj deliquescent (especially of certain salts) becoming liquid by absorbing moisture from the air
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Deliquescent (Bot) Branching so that the stem is lost in branches, as in most deciduous trees.
    • Deliquescent Dissolving; liquefying by contact with the air; capable of attracting moisture from the atmosphere and becoming liquid; as, deliquescent salts.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • deliquescent Liquefying in the air; capable of becoming liquid by attracting moisture from the atmosphere: as, deliquescent salts.
    • deliquescent Hence Apt to dissolve or melt away; wasting away by or as if by melting.
    • deliquescent In vegetable histology, liquefying or melting away gradually, as part of the normal process of growth.
    • deliquescent In botany, branching in such a way that the stem is lost in the branches.
    • n deliquescent A substance which becomes liquid by attracting moisture from the air.
    • n deliquescent In botany, becoming liquid at maturity, as certain agarics.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Deliquescent liquefying in the air
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. deliquescens, -entis, p. pr. of deliquescere,: cf. F. déliquescent,
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
They'll deliquesce like fungi, and keep a hundred eulogists mopping the spot where they left off.
"The American Spirit in Literature," by Bliss Perry
Is not his flesh in a state of deliquescence?
"The Twilight of the Gods, and Other Tales" by Richard Garnett
Some of them have a strong affinity for water, or are deliquescent, and consequently absorb it greedily from the air.
"A System of Instruction in the Practical Use of the Blowpipe" by Anonymous
With Henri Matisse we have not to deplore the deliquescence of a great talent, for we have no reason to suppose he ever had any.
"Artist and Public" by Kenyon Cox
Muriat of lime is an instance of great deliquescence.
"Conversations on Chemistry, V. 1-2" by Jane Marcet
The English Maple and the Apple both have a deliquescent stem very early.
"Trees of the Northern United States" by Austin C. Apgar
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
It is a colourless deliquescent solid of specific gravity 3.06; it melts at 73.2 deg.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 2" by Various
It forms deliquescent crystals of strongly alkaline reaction, and absorbs carbon dioxide from the air.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Slice 6" by Various
It is very deliquescent, and freely dissolves in water and alcohol.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 14, Slice 7" by Various
As ammonium sulphocyanide is somewhat deliquescent, it is convenient to keep it in solution.
"The Barnet Book of Photography" by Various
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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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