American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A strongly alkaline compound, NaOH, used in the manufacture of chemicals and soaps and in petroleum refining. Also called caustic soda, lye.
- n. chemistry A strong, caustic alkali, NaOH, used in the manufacture of soap, detergents, paper, textiles and having many other industrial applications.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. a white opaque brittle solid, NaOH, having a fibrous structure, produced by the action of quicklime, or of calcium hydrate (milk of lime), on sodium carbonate. It is a strong alkali, and is used in the manufacture of soap, in making wood pulp for paper, etc. Called also
sodium hydrate, and caustic soda. By extension, a solution of sodium hydroxide.
- n. a strongly alkaline caustic used in manufacturing soap and paper and aluminum and various sodium compounds
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