American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To melt away.
- v. To disappear as if by melting.
- v. Chemistry To dissolve and become liquid by absorbing moisture from the air.
- v. Botany To branch out into numerous subdivisions that lack a main axis, as the stem of an elm.
- v. Botany To become fluid or soft on maturing, as certain fungi.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To melt or dissolve gradually, or become liquid by absorbing moisture from the air, as certain salts; melt away.
- In vegetable histology, to liquefy or melt away gradually, as part of the normal process of growth: said of certain tissues, especially the gills of fungi of the genus Coprinus. It differs from the analogous process in salts, being a vital phenomenon.
- v. intransitive To melt and disappear.
- v. intransitive, chemistry To become liquid by absorbing water from the atmosphere.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. (Chem.) To dissolve gradually and become liquid by attracting and absorbing moisture from the air, as certain salts, acids, and alkalies.
- v. melt or become liquid by absorbing moisture from the air
- v. melt away in the process of decay
- Latin dēliquēscere : dē-, de- + liquēscere, to melt, inchoative of liquēre, to be liquid. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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