from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The alkali concentration or alkaline quality of an alkali-containing substance.
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- n. The state of being, or the degree to which a thing is, alkaline.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The quality which constitutes an alkali; alkaline property.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state of being alkaline; the quality which constitutes an alkali.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. pH values above 7
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Reducing alkalinity is apparently leading to other problems, however.
If you search hard enough, you can still get your hands on fairly tasty produce, but with every passing harvest the fruits of the earth are losing more and more of their vitality and alkalinity, which is all too evident in their smell and taste.
Nanoparticles are used in agriculture to increase potency per weight by encapsulating pesticides, fungicides, soil treatments, time release compounds, compounds active only under certain conditions such as alkalinity inside an insect, e.g., the Bt toxin used in genetically-modified seeds.
I think that every high school class within reach of one of those rivers ought to be going to the water's edge and taking measurements of acidity, alkalinity, speed, amount of detritus and so forth.
The warnings conflicted with the view of the prestigious Hungarian Academy of Sciences, which reiterated Friday that the red sludge remained hazardous due to its caustic alkalinity but its heavy metal concentrations were not considered dangerous for the environment.
Most recent measurements of the alkalinity of the water show the water quality has been improving.
With alkalinity soaring in rivers contaminated by Hungary's waste spill, the Danube is rapidly becoming affected itself, with the first dead fish already seen in its waters.
He says the enzyme is most active at specific conditions of temperature, moisture and alkalinity that are different from most food processing.
Illes, commenting to reporters during a tour of the affected villages and the damaged reservoir, confirmed that the red sludge stored in Hungarian reservoirs had not been treated to reduce its alkalinity.
The alkalinity, very large particles, thin fibers and gases were major contributors to what led to the World Trade Center cough and other health problems for workers who were there within first 12 to 72 hours after the collapse, Lioy said.