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English Dictionary: mordant by the DICT Development Group
4 results for mordant
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
mordant
adj
  1. harshly ironic or sinister; "black humor"; "a grim joke"; "grim laughter"; "fun ranging from slapstick clowning ... to savage mordant wit"
    Synonym(s): black, grim, mordant
  2. of a substance, especially a strong acid; capable of destroying or eating away by chemical action
    Synonym(s): caustic, corrosive, erosive, vitriolic, mordant
n
  1. a substance used to treat leather or other materials before dyeing; aids in dyeing process
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Mordant \Mor"dant\, a. [F., p. pr. of mordere to bite; L.
      mordere. See {Morsel}.]
      1. Biting; caustic; sarcastic; keen; severe.
  
      2. (Dyeing & Calico Printing) Serving to fix colors.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Mordant \Mor"dant\, n. [F., originally, biting.]
      1. Any corroding substance used in etching.
  
      2. (Dyeing & Calico Printing) Any substance, as alum or
            copperas, which, having a twofold attraction for organic
            fibers and coloring matter, serves as a bond of union, and
            thus gives fixity to, or bites in, the dyes.
  
      3. (Gilding) Any sticky matter by which the gold leaf is made
            to adhere.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Mordant \Mor"dant\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Mordanted}; p. pr. &
      vb. n. {Mordanting}.]
      To subject to the action of, or imbue with, a mordant; as, to
      mordant goods for dyeing.
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