from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Glycerol or a preparation of glycerol.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Alternative spelling of glycerine.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An oily, viscous liquid, C3H5(OH)3, colorless and odorless, and with a hot, sweetish taste, existing in the natural fats and oils as the base, combined with various acids, as oleic, margaric, stearic, and palmitic. It may be obtained by saponification of fats and oils. It is a triatomic alcohol, and hence is also called glycerol. See Note under gelatin.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A transparent, colorless, hygroscopic liquid (C3H5(OH)3), with a sweet taste and syrupy consistence.
- n. Formerly a general designation for compounds similar to glycerol in that they contain three hydroxyl groups.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a sweet syrupy trihydroxy alcohol obtained by saponification of fats and oils
French glycérine, from Greek glukeros, sweet.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French glycérine, from Ancient Greek γλυκερός (glukeros, "sweet"). (Wiktionary)