• WordNet 3.6
    • n souring the process of becoming sour
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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 Souring (Bot) Any sour apple.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n souring A becoming or making sour: as, the souring of bread.
    • n souring That which makes sour or acid; especially, vinegar.
    • n souring The wild apple, or crab-apple; also, any sour apple.
    • n souring Dough left in the tub after oat-cakes are baked.
    • n souring In bleaching, the process of exposing fibers or textures to the action of dilute acid; specifically, the exposing of goods which have been treated in a solution of chlorid of lime to a dilute solution of sulphuric acid, which, by setting free the chlorin, whitens the cloth, and neutralizes the alkalis with which the cloth has been impregnated.
    • n souring A process of dressing sealskin. The skin is scraped clean, closely rolled, and laid away until the hair starts. The hair is then scoured off, and the bare hide is stretched to season.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Souring vinegar: the crab-apple: the process in bleaching fabrics that follows the treatment with bleaching-powder, consisting in treatment of the fabric with hydrochloric or sulphuric acid, so as to wash out the lime
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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:

Stir; strain into Sour glass; dress with Fruit and serve.
"The Ideal Bartender" by Tom Bullock
If beer grows sour, it may be used to advantage for pancakes and fritters.
"The American Frugal Housewife" by Lydia M. Child
Haven't you fellows heard your fathers talk about sour ground?
"The Library of Work and Play: Gardening and Farming." by Ellen Eddy Shaw
Use 1 teaspoonful of baking soda to 1 pint of sour milk.
"Mary at the Farm and Book of Recipes Compiled during Her Visit among the "Pennsylvania Germans"" by Edith M. Thomas
The Yankee band, says she, was playing "We'll hang Jeff Davis on a Sour Apple Tree".
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves: Volume IV, Georgia Narratives, Part 1" by Work Projects Administration
There is a faint bitterness in it, a sour, plaintive aroma.
"Mince Pie" by Christopher Darlington Morley
I find that if sour milk is used the cakes are much lighter, but either sweet or sour is most excellent.
"The Whitehouse Cookbook (1887)" by Mrs. F.L. Gillette
It tastes like a sour, acid custard.
"White Shadows in the South Seas" by Frederick O'Brien
Who be I that you should call on me to wallow in filth to please your sour spite?
"Children of the Mist" by Eden Phillpotts
If you have no sour apples, a few green gooseberries are a very good substitute.
"Cassell's Vegetarian Cookery" by A. G. Payne

In poetry:

'Take the sour
If you take me
I can scoff and lour
And scold for an hour.'
"That's certainly the case,' said he.
"Crazy Jane On The Day Of Judgment" by William Butler Yeats
Some say the world is cold and sour,
Devoid of fellow-feeling,
But day by day and hour by hour,
To me comes a revealing
"Amityville" by Jared Barhite
A neighbor chap saw th' state o' things,
An' pitied ther distress,
An' begg'd em not to be soa sour
Abaht soa sweet a mess;
"Th' Traitle Sop" by John Hartley
So, when I sees some peb beguile an hour
Be joinin' in the chorus o' me song,
I never sees no use in turnin' sour;
Fer singin' days wiv no one larsts too long.
"A Guide for Poits" by C J Dennis
Strange, was it not? But seeds planted in anger
Sour in the earth and, ere long, a decay
Withered the bleeding hearts, blighted the buttons,
And—we were wed—in the old-fashioned way.
"An Old-Fashioned Garden" by Ellis Parker Butler
If they were yours, then you might take a cattle-breeder's
delight in the herds of the future. Not yours.
Where the power ends let love, before it sours to jealousy.
Leave the joys of government to Caesar.
"Meditation On Saviors" by Robinson Jeffers

In news:

Stir in sour cream and top with chives .
For Ryan Lawson, that means music that's sweet, not sour.
Illini's Beckman strikes sour chords .
If needed, thin with a couple of tablespoons of sour cream.
In a website interview with "That Metal Show's" Jim Florentine, the Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman says he didn't — and wouldn't — work with a ghost writer on the project.
Shares of Dell (DELL) slumped 7% on Wednesday as a slew of analysts soured on the No.
A Marriage in Disrepair The joint venture between IBM and Microsoft soured quickly, largely because of a disagreement over graphics.
Market mood sours after downbeat economic news.
Barbecued fillet of salmon sizzles with a spicy, sugary, salty, sour rub.
But how can you possibly pass up the beef enchiladas Suizas draped with salsa verde and sour cream.
Grilled Sweet and Sour Squash.
Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images"I definitely have a sour taste in my mouth from how things went in New York," Wade Redden said.
Why are state, local PTAs so sour on charter schools.
16 ounce container dairy sour cream.
They are better yet topped with fat-free sour cream and hot salsa.

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