from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Bitingly sarcastic: mordant satire.
- adj. Incisive and trenchant: an inquisitor's mordant questioning.
- adj. Bitingly painful.
- adj. Serving to fix colors in dyeing.
- n. A reagent, such as tannic acid, that fixes dyes to cells, tissues, or textiles or other materials.
- n. A corrosive substance, such as an acid, used in etching.
- transitive v. To treat with a mordant.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. biting; caustic; sarcastic; keen; severe.
- n. Any substance used to facilitate the fixing of a dye to a fibre; usually a metallic compound which reacts with the dye using chelation.
- v. To subject to the action of, or imbue with, a mordant.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Biting; caustic; sarcastic; keen; severe.
- adj. Serving to fix colors.
- n. Any corroding substance used in etching.
- n. Any substance, as alum or copperas, which, having a twofold attraction for organic fibers and coloring matter, serves as a bond of union, and thus gives fixity to, or bites in, the dyes.
- n. Any sticky matter by which the gold leaf is made to adhere.
- transitive v. To subject to the action of, or imbue with, a mordant.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Biting; keen; caustic; sarcastic; severe.
- Having the property of fixing colors.
- n. A metal chape covering one end of a strap or belt, especially if so arranged as to hook into a clasp on the other end to facilitate securing the belt round the person.
- n. In the fine arts:
- To imbue or treat with a mordant.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. harshly ironic or sinister
- adj. of a substance, especially a strong acid; capable of destroying or eating away by chemical action
- n. a substance used to treat leather or other materials before dyeing; aids in dyeing process
French, from Old French, present participle of mordre, to bite, from Vulgar Latin *mordere, from Latin mordēre; see mer- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)