American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A drink generally consisting of ordinary water into which carbonic acid has been forced under pressure. On exposure to the ordinary atmospheric pressure, the excess of carbonic acid escapes, thus causing effervescence. It rarely contains soda in any form; but the name originally applied when sodium carbonate was contained in it has been retained. It is generally sweetened and flavored with Syrups.
- n. A solution used to cool drills, punches, etc., used in metal-working.
- n. Water that has carbon dioxide dissolved in it and has been stored under pressure in a bottle. Usually mixed before drinking with another beverage.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. originally, a beverage consisting of a weak solution of sodium bicarbonate to which an acid (such as phosphoric acid) has been added to generate carbon dioxide and thus cause effervescence; the term now is also used as a synonym for
soda pop. Soda water without flavoring is used as a beverage or as a component of a mixed beverage. It is typically bottled or canned under pressure so that the carbon dioxide and effervescence will be preserved until use.
- n. a beverage containing supersaturated carbon dioxide (carbonic acid) and thus effervescent.
- n. same as soda pop.
- n. a sweet drink containing carbonated water and flavoring
- n. effervescent beverage artificially charged with carbon dioxide
- From sodium bicarbonate, originally a constituent of soda water. (Wiktionary)
“The door was closed, but even its thick wooden panels could not keep out the sounds which emanated from the library where Cousin George sat in the late Master of Ignatius’s chair spilling spirit and soda water over the sacred desk and bellowing commands from time to time.”
“But in these cases be sure that the patient requires diluents for quite other purposes than quenching the thirst; he wants a great deal of some drink, not only of tea, and the doctor will order what he is to have, barley water or lemonade, or soda water and milk, as the case may be.”
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