flocculate

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v flocculate form into an aggregated lumpy or fluffy mass "the protoplasms flocculated"
    • v flocculate cause to become a fluffy or lumpy aggregate "The chemist flocculated the suspended material"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Flocculate (Zoöl) Furnished with tufts of curly hairs, as some insects.
    • v. i Flocculate (Geol) To aggregate into small lumps.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • flocculate In entomology, bearing a flocculus or small bunch of curled hairs, as the trochanters of certain bees.
    • flocculate To form visible loosed light masses, or flocculi, as of clay in soil-water or of nitrogenous substances in milk. The addition of lime or salt causes soil-water to flocculate; ammonia prevents the flocculation or breaks it up. A sheet of uniform stratus cloud often flocculates with numerous cirro-cumulus or alto-cumulus clouds arranged in rank and file.
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Usage

In literature:

Even thus lightened, we could scarcely move the sledge, struggling on, sinking to the thighs in the flocculent deluge.
"The Home of the Blizzard" by Douglas Mawson
After an hour and a half's vigorous beating the liquor becomes flocculent.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, April, 1876." by Various
A turbidness will instantly ensue, and a flocculent matter collect on the surface of the fluid, if the mixture be left undisturbed.
"A Treatise on Adulterations of Food, and Culinary Poisons" by Fredrick Accum
This oxycellulose is white and flocculent.
"The Dyeing of Cotton Fabrics" by Franklin Beech
But it had changed, for the cloud, instead of looking golden and orange, as it glowed, was now soft, flocculent and grey.
"Fire Island" by G. Manville Fenn
The oil of winter-green was in a flocculent state at 56 degrees, and solid at 63 degrees.
"The Ocean and its Wonders" by R.M. Ballantyne
The quantity of flocculent deposit in the chamber of the aqueous humor is also in direct ratio to the inflammation of the iris.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
The pileus is some shade of yellow, convex, inflexed, smooth, flocculent or scaly.
"The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise" by M. E. Hard
Sporangia crowded in flocculent tufts, very dark brown or black, semi-erect or drooping, 4-5 mm.
"The North American Slime-Moulds" by Thomas H. (Thomas Huston) MacBride
Cotton, without a market, is so much flocculent matter encumbering the ground.
"With the World's Great Travellers, Volume 1" by Various
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In poetry:

Phoenix, Phoenix
The nest is in flames
Feathers are singeing.
Ash flutters flocculent, like down on a blue, wan fledgeling.
"St. John" by D H Lawrence

In news:

The development of algorithm to parameterise the mass settling flux of flocculated estuarine sediments .
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