from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To make or become acid.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. to make something (more) acidic or sour; to convert into an acid.
- v. to neutralize alkalis, as to acidify sugar
- v. to sour, to embitter.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To make acid; to convert into an acid.
- transitive v. To sour; to imbitter.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make acid; convert into an acid; render sour; sour, literally or figuratively.
- To become acid or sour.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. turn acidic
- v. make sour or more sour
Because excess CO2 dissolves in the ocean - causing it to 'acidify' - researchers have been concerned about the ability of certain organisms to maintain the strength of their shells.
Adding large amounts of organic matter, such as peat moss and composted leaves, will acidify the soil as it breaks down.
Case in point the belief (raised in this very thread) that rising CO2 will NOT cause the atmosphere to retain more heat and acidify the oceans.
It comes with a packet of citric acid (to acidify the milk), vegetable rennet tablets (to coagulate the milk), and even a packet of salt, to flavor the cheese.
When the bacteria multiply, they acidify the milk, changing its taste from sweet to tart, eventually thickening it.
Around the world jellyfish populations are on the rise as the oceans acidify.
Injecting CO2 can acidify (lower the pH of) the fluids in the reservoir, dissolving minerals such as calcium carbonate, and possibly increasing permeability.
The vast oceans, mildly alkaline for eternity and extraordinarily buffered, have started to acidify.
PLUS: Right-wing media in a tizzy over the hacked emails of climate scientists -- somebody tell the glaciers to un-melt and the oceans to un-acidify! ...
For oil and gas are in finite decline, and we are continually dependent on unpleasant states for them. and CO2 may not alter the climate, but it could acidify the oceans, and we don't want that either.
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