• WordNet 3.6
    • v mercerize treat to strengthen and improve the luster "mercerize cotton"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Mercerize To treat (cotton fiber or fabrics) with a solution of caustic alkali. Such treatment causes the fiber to shrink in length and become stronger and more receptive of dyes. If the yarn or cloth is kept under tension during the process, it assumes a silky luster.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • mercerize To treat (cotton fiber or fabrics) with a solution of caustic alkali according to the method of mercerization. Also spelled mercerise.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From (JohnMercer,1791-1866), an English calico printer who introduced the process + -ize,


In literature:

Sullivan's brigades were Glover's, Sargent's, and St. Clair's; Greene's were Stephen's, Mercer's, and Stirling's.
"The Campaign of 1776 around New York and Brooklyn" by Henry P. Johnston
Generals Mercer and Paris followed us through their trenches.
"Gallipoli Diary, Volume 2" by Ian Hamilton
Mercer Otey, graduate of Virginia Military Institute and son of Bishop Otey, of Tennessee.
"The Story of a Cannoneer Under Stonewall Jackson" by Edward A. Moore
THOMAS MERCER JONES, son-in-law to No.
"The Story of the Upper Canada Rebellion, Volume 1" by John Charles Dent
Say, what's the use eatin' carrots and takin' buttermilk baths, when you can have a mercerized complexion like that laid on at the shop?
"Shorty McCabe" by Sewell Ford
On October 16, 1608, he stood chief godfather to William, son of Henry Walker, a mercer and alderman.
"A Life of William Shakespeare with portraits and facsimiles" by Sidney Lee
The mercer exhibited three pieces of samitelle.
"The White Lady of Hazelwood" by Emily Sarah Holt
The most beautiful is to embroider in silk or mercerized cotton.
"Woodland Tales" by Ernest Seton-Thompson
Then another counterattack was made by the First and Fourth Ontarios of General Mercer's First Brigade.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume V (of 12)"
At the same time Washington detached Mercer to seize the main road, while he himself pushed on with the rest of the troops.
"The Campaign of Trenton 1776-77" by Samuel Adams Drake

In poetry:

The lovely ladies flocked within,
And still would each one say,
“Good mercer, be the ships come up?”
But still he answered “Nay.”
"Winstanley" by Jean Ingelow
Straight to the Mayor he took his way,
“Good Master Mayor,” quoth he,
“I am a mercer of London town,
And owner of vessels three,—­
"Winstanley" by Jean Ingelow
“Have thy will, mercer! choose thy men,
Put off from the storm-rid shore;
God with thee be, or I shall see
Thy face and theirs no more.”
"Winstanley" by Jean Ingelow
“An ill rock, mercer! your words ring right,
Well with my thoughts they chime,
For my two sons to the world to come
It sent before their time.”
"Winstanley" by Jean Ingelow

In news:

Mercer Center for Collaborative Journalism Announcement.
PRINCETON — A piece of the Confederacy's past came to Princeton Tuesday, as the Mercer County Historical Society's History House played host to Al Stone, a 16-year veteran at portraying Robert E Lee.
Jamie Bradley of Quakertown portrays Henry Mercer at events throughout Bucks County.
Four Mercer Island High School students in the Running Start program graduated in June.
Federal highway officials have given the green light for final design and construction of a toll bridge to replace the free Scudder Falls Bridge on I-95 between Bucks and Mercer Counties.
Mercer Islanders earn Sea Scout honors.
The Mercer County Criminal Courthouse at 209 South Broad Street in Trenton on Wednesday, July 25, 2012.
In response to national warnings that a California-based slaughterhouse had violated USDA regulations, the Mercer Island School District has restricted its use of meat products.
Man who shot off-duty Mercer sheriff's officer in chest gets 50-year prison sentence.
Enlarge Michael Mancuso/The Times Vasil "Billy" Heisler, at his sentencing in Burlington County Court, Judge Michael J Haas presiding, for the shooting of former Mercer County sheriff's officer Joshua Hahn.
Seventeen cases of shigellosis have been confirmed so far, including seven each in Mercer and Auglaize counties.
Plums for this tasty torte can be found on trees in Mercer Island neighborhoods.
Mercer County Commissioners have raised the local share of the fee from $1 to $2.50 per $1,000 of the sale price of land, homes and manufactured homes.
Local bands sound off at Mercer County Fair show.
Yavapai will seek its third straight NJCAA Division I men's title at the 2009 national championships, which begin Thursday at Mercer County Community College.

In science:

Mercer’s theorem therefore is orthonormal, hφj , φl iℓ = δj l for all j , l ∈ on L2 ([−ℓ, ℓ]) such that sociated with C .
Energetic and dynamic properties of a quantum particle in a spatially random magnetic field with constant correlations along one direction
Considering elements of the Z⊤Z matrix as measuring similarity between nodes, we can show following that the Euclidean distance (20) leads to Euclidean inner-product similarity which can be replaced by a general Mercer kernel [23, 24] uniquely represented by a positive semi-definite matrix Ki,j .
Sestieri of Venice
Proteomics 2006, 5, 423-432. 110. Shvedova, A. A.; Kisin, E. R.; Mercer, R.; Murray, A. R.; Johnson, V. J.; Potapovich, A. I.; Tyurina, Y. Y.; Gorelik, O.; Arepalli, S.; Schwegler-Berry, D.; et al.
Carbon Nanotubes in Biology and Medicine: in vitro and in vivo Detection, Imaging and Drug Delivery
This possible cluster was not selected by any previous searches (i.e., Dutra & Bica 2001; Mercer et al. 2005), and so the system qualifies as a false-negative cluster with respect to those searches.
Red Eyes on Wolf-Rayet Stars: 60 New Discoveries via Infrared Color Selection
Chapuran, T. E., Toliver, P., Peters, N. A., Jackel, J., Goodman, M. S., Runser, R. J., McNown, S.R., Dallmann, N., Hughes, R.J., McCabe, K.P., Nordholt, J.E., Peterson, C.G., Tyagi, K.T., Mercer, L., and Dardy, H. Optical networking for quantum key distribution and quantum communications.
Microwave Photonics Parallel Quantum Key Distribution