Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The partial melting of a mixture of metals or ores in order to separate components

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act or operation of making or becoming liquid; also, the capacity of becoming liquid.
  • n. The process of separating, by heat, an easily fusible metal from one less fusible; eliquation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act or operation of liquating or melting.
  • n. The condition or capacity of being melted: as, a substance congealed beyond liquation.
  • n. The separation of metals differing considerably in fusibility by subjecting them, when contained in an alloy or mixture, to a degree of heat sufficient to melt the most fusible only, which then flows away, or liquates, from the unmelted mass.
  • n. In mixtures of fluids, a separation by differences of specific gravity. The lightest rises to the top and the heaviest goes to the bottom.

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Examples

  • After the introduction of gunpowder from China during the Mongol conquests in the 1200s and the independent development of large cannon in Europe, the growing demand for copper for the manufacture of bronze cannon in the fifteenth century was a stimulus for advances such as the "liquation" process, used in ores containing silver to separate it from copper.

    The Brussels Journal - The Voice of Conservatism in Europe

  • Bankruptcy Court in Manhattan, the funds — Appaloosa Management, Aurelius Capital Management, Elliott Management Corp. and Fortress Investment Group LLC — called for the court to reject the bankruptcy estate's proposed liquation plan.

    Hedge Funds Owed $1 Billion Challenge Old GM's Liquidation Plan

  • This is hard to conceive; yet can I make good how even that may prey upon our bodies, and yet not consume us: for in this material World there are bodies that persist invincible in the powerfullest flames; and though by the action of fire they fall into ignition and liquation, yet will they never suffer a destruction.

    Paras 36-70

  • Sulphide of antimony is separated from the ore by liquation; this regulus is met with in commerce as "crude antimony."

    A Text-book of Assaying: For the Use of Those Connected with Mines.

  • The metal itself is easily fusible, and may be separated from its ores by liquation.

    A Text-book of Assaying: For the Use of Those Connected with Mines.

  • This is hard to conceive, yet can I make good how even that may prey upon our bodies, and yet not consume us: for in this material world, there are bodies that persist invincible in the powerfulest flames; and though, by the action of fire, they fall into ignition and liquation, yet will they never suffer a destruction.

    Religio Medici, Hydriotaphia, and the Letter to a Friend

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