• WordNet 3.6
    • v talc apply talcum powder to (one's body)
    • n talc a fine grained mineral having a soft soapy feel and consisting of hydrated magnesium silicate; used in a variety of products including talcum powder
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Talc was used by cavemen 15,000 years ago as an ingredient added to make paint
    • n Talc (Min) A soft mineral of a soapy feel and a greenish, whitish, or grayish color, usually occurring in foliated masses. It is hydrous silicate of magnesia. Steatite, or soapstone, is a compact granular variety.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n talc A magnesian silicate, usually consisting of broad, flat, smooth laminæ or plates, unctuous to the touch, of a shining luster, translucent, and often transparent when in very thin plates. Its prevailing colors are white, apple-green, and yellow. There are three principal varieties of talc—foliated, massive (including soap-stone or steatite), and indurated. Indurated talc is used for tracing lines on wood, cloth, etc., instead of chalk. Talc is not infrequently formed by the alteration of other minerals, particularly the magnesian silicates of the pyroxene group; thus, rensselaerite is talc pseudomorphous after pyroxene, and a fibrous form of talc (sometimes called agalite), pseudomorph after enstatite, is found at Edwards, New York, and when finely ground is used in giving a gloss to paper. Talc is also used as a lubricator, and steatite or soapstone for hearthstones, etc.
    • talc To treat, or rub with talc: as, in photography, to talc a plate to which it is desired to prevent the adherence of a film.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Talc talk a mineral occurring in thin flakes, of a white or green colour and a soapy feel
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. talc,; cf. Sp. & It. talco, LL. talcus,; all fr. Ar. talq,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. talc (Ger. talk)—Sp. talco—Ar. talq.


In literature:

This letter will, I trust, accompany some talc.
"The Life and Letters of Charles Darwin, Volume I (of II)" by Charles Darwin
With the calce of egg-shells, White marble, talc.
"The Alchemist" by Ben Jonson
There are two small windows in each apartment, made of talc, and in the houses of the poorer sort of fish-skin.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume 17" by Robert Kerr
After the fine-grained schist, we came on granite with large flakes of talc in it.
"The Last Journals of David Livingstone, in Central Africa, from 1865 to His Death, Volume I (of 2), 1866-1868" by David Livingstone
Evidently animal magnetism can leak through talc, for suddenly the chauffeur glanced sharply round at me, as if I had called him.
"The Motor Maid" by Alice Muriel Williamson and Charles Norris Williamson
In the right-hand upper corner is a turreted and gabled house, the windows of which are marked with little glittering pieces of talc.
"English Embroidered Bookbindings" by Cyril James Humphries Davenport
And in this way, with the talc that entered Aline's eyes, malice entered our hearts.
"The Heather-Moon" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
The little log-thatched fort with its windows of talc opened wide doors to the far-travelled English.
"Vikings of the Pacific" by Agnes C. Laut
Serpentine, asbestos, talc, and meerschaum are examples of such substances.
"An Elementary Study of Chemistry" by William McPherson
Talc is the most frequently used article of this description.
"The Handbook of Soap Manufacture" by W. H. Simmons

In poetry:

Whose wings, like strange transparent talc, rose
high above his hawk-faced head,
Painted with silver and with red and ribbed with
rods of Oreichalch?
"The Sphinx" by Oscar Wilde

In news:

The inner skin is injection molded of an Inspire talc-filled PP compound.
Comparison of simple drainage, talc pleurodesis and tetracycline pleurodesis.
Rio Tinto announced it has received a binding offer from Imerys to acquire its talc business for an enterprise value of $340 million.
Talc Mining Equipments Applied For Extraction And Processing Plant.
Within the talc processing plant, talc mining equipments for example crusher, grinding mills are employed for talcum extraction course of action.
Miss Valentine wins the Big A's Lottsa Talc Stakes.
NEW YORK — Miss Valentine improved to 4 for 5 at Aqueduct, beating Jitney by 1 1/4 lengths on Sunday in the $73,500 Lottsa Talc Stakes for New York bred fillies and mares.
Most domhigh pressure grinding mill for magnetite ore beneficiationestic talc is mined from open-pit operations.
Over 95 % of the talc ore produced inside the Usa comes from open-pit mines .
Talc ore normally is hauled for the plant by truck from a nearby mine .

In science:

The one-loop calculations in the Standard Model are highly automatized with the package a˚ıTalc.
Automated use of DIANA for two-fermion production at colliders
Adhesion can also be removed (or reduced) by lubricating the interface or by adsorbing small inert solid particles on the rubber surface, e.g., talc.
Rolling friction for hard cylinder and sphere on viscoelastic solid