Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A cleansing agent, manufactured in bars, granules, flakes, or liquid form, made from a mixture of the sodium salts of various fatty acids of natural oils and fats.
  • n. A metallic salt of a fatty acid, as of aluminum or iron.
  • n. Slang Money, especially that which is used for bribery.
  • n. A soap opera.
  • transitive v. To treat or cover with or as if with soap.
  • transitive v. Informal To softsoap; cajole.
  • transitive v. Slang To bribe.
  • idiom no soap Slang Not possible or permissible.
  • idiom no soap Slang Unsuccessful; futile.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A substance able to mix with both oil and water, used for cleaning, often in the form of a solid bar or in liquid form, derived from fats or made synthetically.
  • n. A soap opera.
  • v. To apply soap to in washing.
  • v. To cover with soap as a prank.
  • v. To be discreet about (a topic).
  • v. To flatter; to wheedle.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A substance which dissolves in water, thus forming a lather, and is used as a cleansing agent. Soap is produced by combining fats or oils with alkalies or alkaline earths, usually by boiling, and consists of salts of sodium, potassium, etc., with the fatty acids (oleic, stearic, palmitic, etc.). See the Note below, and cf. saponification. By extension, any compound of similar composition or properties, whether used as a cleaning agent or not.
  • transitive v. To rub or wash over with soap.
  • transitive v. To flatter; to wheedle.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To rub or treat with soap; apply soap to.
  • To use smooth words to; flatter.
  • In calico-printing, to remove, by means of soap, impurities from (cloth) before bleaching; also, after printing, to remove the thickening used in the color.
  • n. A chemical compound in common domestic use for washing and cleansing, made by the union of certain fatty acids with a salifiable base.
  • n. A kind of pomade for coloring the hair.
  • n. Smooth words; persuasion; flattery: more often called soft soap.
  • n. Money secretly used for political purposes.
  • n. white Castile soap, which contains 21 per cent of water, is of a pale grayish-white color, giving no oily stains to paper, free from rancid odor, and entirely soluble in alcohol or water; and
  • n. marbled Castile soap, which is harder and more alkaline, contains 14 per cent. of water, and has veins or streaks of ferruginous matter running through it. Formerly also, erroneously, castle-soap; also Spanish soap.
  • n. See def. 3.
  • n. The fatty matter obtained by adding just enough acid to a soap solution to cause the separation of the fatty acids.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. street names for gamma hydroxybutyrate
  • v. rub soap all over, usually with the purpose of cleaning
  • n. a cleansing agent made from the salts of vegetable or animal fats
  • n. money offered as a bribe

Etymologies

Middle English sope, from Old English sāpe.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English sope, sape, from Old English sāpe ("soap, salve"), from Proto-Germanic *saipōn, from Proto-Indo-European *seyb-, *seyp- (“to pour out, drip, trickle, strain”). Cognate with Scots saip, sape ("soap"), West Frisian sjippe ("soap"), Dutch zeep ("soap"), Low German sepe ("soap"), German Seife ("soap"), Swedish såpa ("soap"), Icelandic sápa ("soap"). Related also to Old English sāp ("amber, resin, pomade, unguent"), Latin sēbum ("tallow, fat, grease"). See seep. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • Technically speaking, however, the meaning of the term soap is considerably restricted, being generally limited to the combinations of fatty acids and alkalies, obtained by treating various animal or vegetable fatty matters, or the fatty acids derived therefrom, with soda or potash, the former giving hard soaps, the latter soft soaps.

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  • This soap is an easy three layer loaf soap, with some sparkles thrown in for fun.

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  • Because you will be embedding the glitter strips in the soap, make sure that the soap is a cool temperature.

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  • This means that the soap is actually some form of lathering chemical (like SLS or Sodium Lauryl Sulfate) pressed together to form a bar of soap. "(when they give you a disbelieving look, head into this section)" Seriously!

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  • Happily the soap is also infused with peppermint and citrus scents so you don't end up smelling like a jar of coffee beans.

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  • This soap is the creation of Nizzy in Oz. Children love this soap since it floats.

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  • While not my most favorite scent, the soap is an artist marvel.

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  • He was a materialist, and described himself as one: he disbelieved in what he called the soap-bubble theory, that somewhere in us there is something like a bubble, which controls everything, and is everything, and escapes invisible and gaseous to some other place after death.

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  • This month in soap: David Platt's collision course with disaster continues in Coronation Street; doom and gloom reigns in EastEnders; while Emmerdale is all incest, bigamy and farming

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