from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A suspension of small globules of one liquid in a second liquid with which the first will not mix: an emulsion of oil in vinegar.
- n. A photosensitive coating, usually of silver halide grains in a thin gelatin layer, on photographic film, paper, or glass.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a stable suspension of small droplets of one liquid in another with which it is immiscible
- n. a colloid in which both phases are liquid
- n. the coating of photosensitive silver halide grains in a thin gelatine layer on a photographic film
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any liquid preparation of a color and consistency resembling milk; as: (a) In pharmacy, an extract of seeds, or a mixture of oil and water united by a mucilaginous substance. (b) In photography, a liquid preparation of collodion holding salt of silver, used in the photographic process.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A draining out.
- n. A mixture of liquids insoluble in one another, where one is suspended in the other in the form of minute globules, as the fat (butter) in milk: as, an emulsion of cod-liver oil.
- n. A mixture in which solid particles are suspended in a liquid in which they are insoluble: as, a camphor emulsion.
- n. In photography, a name given to various emulsified mixtures used in making dry plates, etc. See photography.
- n. Unwashed, a collodion containing finely divided silver bromide held in suspension.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a light-sensitive coating on paper or film; consists of fine grains of silver bromide suspended in a gelatin
- n. (chemistry) a colloid in which both phases are liquids
New Latin ēmulsiō, ēmulsiōn-, from Latin ēmulsus, past participle of ēmulgēre, to milk out : ē-, ex-, ex- + mulgēre, to milk; see melg- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)