from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Tending to preserve or capable of preserving.
- n. Something used to preserve, especially a chemical added to foods to inhibit spoilage.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. any agent, natural or artificial that acts to preserve, especially when added to food
- adj. tending to preserve
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Having the power or quality of preserving; tending to preserve, or to keep from injury, decay, etc.
- n. That which preserves, or has the power of preserving; a presevative agent.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Preserving; tending to keep safe, sound, or free from decay: as, the preservative quality of salt.
- n. That which preserves; anything which tends to keep safe and sound, or free from injury, corruption, or decay; a preventive of damage, decomposition, or waste.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. tending or having the power to preserve
- n. a chemical compound that is added to protect against decay or decomposition
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