mordant definition

  • adjective:
    • Bitingly sarcastic: mordant satire.
    • Incisive and trenchant: an inquisitor's mordant questioning.
    • Bitingly painful.
    • Serving to repair colors in dyeing.
    • biting; caustic; sarcastic; keen; extreme.
    • Biting; caustic; sarcastic; keen; severe.
    • Serving to fix colors.
    • harshly ironic or sinister
    • of a substance, especially a good acid; capable of destroying or eating away by chemical action
  • noun:
    • A reagent, particularly tannic acid, that fixes dyes to cells, tissues, or fabrics or any other products.
    • A corrosive compound, particularly an acid, utilized in etching.
    • Any compound always facilitate the correcting of a dye to a fibre; usually a metallic mixture which responds using the dye using chelation.
    • Any corroding compound used in etching.
    • Any material, as alum or copperas, which, having a twofold attraction for organic fibers and coloring matter, functions as a bond of union, and so provides fixity to, or bites in, the dyes.
    • Any sticky matter in which the gold leaf is made to stick.
    • A metal chape addressing one end of a strap or buckle, particularly when therefore arranged as to hook into a clasp on the other end to facilitate securing the buckle around the person.
    • in fine arts:
    • a substance used to treat leather or other materials before dyeing; aids in dyeing process
  • verb-transitive:
    • to take care of with a mordant.
    • To at the mercy of the action of, or imbue with, a mordant.
  • verb:
    • To susceptible to the activity of, or imbue with, a mordant.
  • others:
    • Biting; keen; caustic; sarcastic; extreme.
    • getting the home of fixing colors.
    • To imbue or treat with a mordant.

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