American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of or relating to phlogiston.
- adj. Of, relating to, or inducing inflammation or fever; inflammatory.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining or relating to phlogiston.
- In medicine, inflammatory.
- adj. Pertaining to phlogiston.
- adj. Containing phlogiston.
- adj. Inflammatory; belonging to inflammations and fevers.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Old Chem.) Of or pertaining to phlogiston, or to belief in its existence.
- adj. (Med.) Inflammatory; belonging to inflammations and fevers.
“If the fire particles are separated, as by a prism, or if they enter the pores of certain phlogistic principles or particles of bodies, then color appears.”
“Principle, which he named _Phlogiston_, and constructed an hypothesis which is generally known as the phlogistic theory.”
“phlogistic' -- had not even the honour of being refuted: they did not deserve to be so, and should be a warning to all those who would write upon a subject without the necessary practical knowledge.”
“Whatever will unite with _pure_ air, and thence compose an acid, is esteemed in this ingenious theory to be a different kind of phlogistic or inflammable body.”
“This is occasioned by the phlogistic vapours with which the air is always, more or less, impregnated; or to speak in the language of the Chymists of the present day, they become oxigenated by their union with the oxigen of the air.”
“The "subtle and phlogistic" parts of this oil (a phlogiston-rich substance to begin with) can escape only by crossing the painting; on their way out they attach to and so alter the color. reference As the volatile parts continue to evaporate, the small portions of colors that are not built up close enough to each other lose their tone because the colors underneath transpire.”
“These included a rapid technique for coloring linen or cotton involving orpiment (a highly phlogistic substance) dissolved in soapmakers 'lye.”
“In your case, the phlogistic, or inflammatory element is abundant; if you will permit me to put it so, you generate superfluous oxygen, possessing as you do the inflammatory temperament of a man destined to experience strong emotions.”
“Rhazes, and of phosphorus by Bechil, are almost the only landmarks in the history of the science, until the discovery of oxygen and the destruction of the phlogistic theory by Priestley and Lavoisier, together with the introduction of the balance and the thermometer into the laboratory, rendered quantitative experiments possible.”
“There is nothing, my dear paternal Uncle, but one lambent, feverish fire, deliciously attractive, even in its angry heat, fascinating even whilst phlogistic, shooting out from every part of it, in all directions, into thine ----”
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