• WordNet 3.6
    • n sourness a sullen moody resentful disposition
    • n sourness the property of being acidic
    • n sourness the taste experience when vinegar or lemon juice is taken into the mouth
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Cheese was first made in the Middle East when hunters became herders and realized that milk could solidify (sour milk).
    • n Sourness The quality or state of being sour.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sourness The state or quality of being sour, in any sense. Synonyms Asperity, Tartness, etc. (see acrimony), moroseness, peevishness, petulance, ill nature.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Sourness the state of being sour: acidity: peevishness: discontent
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  • Edwin Hubbel Chapin
    “Tribulation will not hurt you, unless as it too often does; it hardens you and makes you sour, narrow and skeptical.”
  • Frederic Raphael
    Frederic Raphael
    “The television critic, whatever his pretensions, does not labor in the same vineyard as those he criticizes; his grapes are all sour.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “The tartness of his face sours ripe grapes.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Every sweet has its sour; every evil its good.”
  • Samuel Goldwyn
    “You've got to take the bitter with the sour.”
  • Pearl Bailey
    Pearl Bailey
    “There is a period of life when we swallow knowledge of ourselves and it becomes either good or sour inside.”


Sour grapes - When someone says something critical or negative because they are jealous, it is a case of sour grapes.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. súr; Ger. sauer, Ice. súrr.


In literature:

Fuselli had pushed himself in behind a big hogshead that had a pleasant tang of old wood damp with sour wine.
"Three Soldiers" by John Dos Passos
Before serving, it may be thinned by beating either sweet or sour cream into it.
"Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 4" by Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
Green fruits contain less sugar than do ripe ones, and so they are more sour to the taste.
"Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 5" by Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
Then pour over all 1/2 pint of sour cream.
"365 Foreign Dishes" by Unknown
At two in the morning Sour-dough Saunders knocked them up.
"The Magnetic North" by Elizabeth Robins (C. E. Raimond)
Why, thy wits are like beer, and do froth up most when they grow sour!
"The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood" by Howard Pyle
He infects all society, as thunder sours wine: war or peace, dearth or plenty, makes him equally discontented.
"Character Writings of the 17th Century" by Various
It was as sour as vinegar.
"The Dog Crusoe and His Master" by Robert Michael Ballantyne
Of course the milk was sweet, instead of sour, for men do not usually like sour milk.
"Squinty the Comical Pig" by Richard Barnum
All the sour smells that rose from an unclean bilge eddied about them.
"Big Timber" by Bertrand W. Sinclair

In poetry:

The winter wind is not so cold
As the bright smile he sees me win,
Nor the host's oldest wine so old
As our poor gabble, sour and thin.
"Without And Withiin" by James Russell Lowell
"Why should folk be glum," said Keezar,
"When Nature herself is glad,
And the painted woods are laughing
At the faces so sour and sad?"
"Cobbler Keezar's Vision" by John Greenleaf Whittier
The Baron return'd in three days' space,
And his looks were sad and sour;
And weary was his courser's pace,
As he reach'd his rocky tower.
"The Eve of St. John" by Sir Walter Scott
'Twas djust before my dinner hour —
Well, let the djuicy djoint go sour!
Djoyful I read. I djust must see
What this strange djolan word may be!
"Djolan" by Ellis Parker Butler
"He'll no distress ye: as quaiet's a cat
He grips ye, and a'thing's ower;
There's naething mair 'at ye wad be at,
There's never a sweet nor sour!
"The Deil's Forhooit His Ain" by George MacDonald
The lamp of my soul dyes your feet,
the sour wine is sweeter on your lips,
oh reaper of my evening song,
how solitary dreams believe you to be mine!
"In My Sky At Twilight" by Pablo Neruda

In news:

De Niro holds his own in father-son tale, but screen spawn sours story.
Dano's off-screen stare was as sour as his on-screen presence.
Pastry for one-crust pie 3 egg yolks 1 c. Thick sour cream 1 c. Brown sugar 1/8 tsp.
But this experience can quickly turn sour without a good lighting setup.
Not unlike spaghetti and meatballs, tacos or sweet-and-sour pork, the ubiquitous California roll really is a gateway food.
Jean-Georges Vongerichten keeps things interesting by swapping the limes for tart kumquats and kalamansi concentrate, the frozen juice of the sour Asian citrus fruit.
Amy's Light & Lean Sweet & Sour Asian Noodle Bowl.
Léger was promised "unconditional support," but the relationship soured when BCBG cut the budget and Léger refused to cooperate.
Steve Ballmer Sours on Apple Product.
I finished reading " Mainstay Unraveled" (Dec. 8) with a sour taste in my mouth.
1/3 cup sour cream or plain yogurt, at room temperature.
Denbury won't use state site for sour gas plant.
Sauerbeck leaves sour taste after pitiful outing.
It's Bea who really bears the brunt of the exercise, as the sweet and sour explosion knocks her to the ground.
The report said the arrest will likely drop from Baltzer's record in a year, but that Baltzer may have soured on the Big Apple.

In science:

The sour ces with highest tangential velocity occur towards the the Galactic Centre direction and it is therefore in this direction that GLAST or VERITAS may find it easiest to detect them unambiguously.
Simple Models for the Distribution of Dark Matter
Han, “The reliability functions of the general sour ce with fixed-length coding,” T.S.
An Information-Spectrum Approach to Classical and Quantum Hypothesis Testing for Simple Hypotheses
Ihara, “The error exponent and minimum achievable rates for the fixed-length coding of general sour ces,” IEICE Trans.
An Information-Spectrum Approach to Classical and Quantum Hypothesis Testing for Simple Hypotheses
Our efforts focus on modeling experiments performed using the Omega laser facility at the University of Rochester (Soures et al. 1996; Boehly 1995; Bradley 1998) that involve shock propagation through a multi-layer target.
On Validating an Astrophysical Simulation Code
The primary targets are young supernova remnants and binary X-ray soures.
X-ray astronomy in the new Millenium. A Summary