Definitions

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

  • adj. Of, relating to, or containing acetic acid or vinegar.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of, pertaining to, or producing vinegar
  • adj. Of or pertaining to acetic acid or its derivatives

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of a pertaining to vinegar; producing vinegar; producing vinegar.
  • adj. Pertaining to, containing, or derived from, acetyl, . The latter is the acid to which the sour taste of vinegar is due.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having the properties of vinegar; sour.

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

  • adj. relating to or containing acetic acid

Etymologies

From Latin acētum, vinegar; see acetum.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French acétique, from Latin acetum ("vinegar"), from acere ("to be sour"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • "There's a wall of silence and the quantities they bring in of a substance called acetic anhydride has to be at a high level and highly organised," he said.

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  • Several of the treatments contain ingredients loosely regulated by the Food and Drug Administration and categorized as supplements, such as acetic acid, and a variety of oils, including jojoba, lavender, lemongrass and tea tree.

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  • The segment -- which serves customers in the chemical, paint and adhesives industries -- produces and supplies acetyl products such as acetic acid, vinyl acetate monomer, acetic anhydride and other acetyl derivatives.

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  • Dinitrosoresorcine, etc. Another method of mordanting cotton for the mordant group of dye-stuffs is that in which the cotton is impregnated with a salt of the mordant oxide derived from a volatile acid such as acetic acid, and then subjected to heat or steaming.

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  • The use of chemical reagents, such as acetic acid, and various hardening fluids, came into fashion not long after.

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  • If a clean glass rod is dipped into very dilute acid, such as acetic, sulphuric, or nitric acid, and then lightly touched to the tongue, it will taste sour.

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  • As a means of overcoming the difficulty of structure, the beans were allowed to stand in water in order to swell, or the cells were expanded by treatment with steam, or the beans were subjected to the action of some "cellulose-softening acids," such as acetic acid or sulphur dioxid.

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  • However, the market demand for chemical raw materials such as acetic anhydride and ethylene glycol will increase with steady growth of China's economy and recovery in chemical industry.

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  • So, Vikesland is looking at small molecular weight carboxylic acids such as acetic acid, tartaric acid, and citric acid, all widely detected constituents of natural water and biological fluids.

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  • But the works of art are still exposed to a certain amount of risk, because the wood, plastics and adhesives used to make the transport containers can also emit damaging substances such as acetic acid.

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