Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A flocculent mass formed in a fluid through precipitation or aggregation of suspended particles.

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  • noun An alternative word for floccule. A soft or fluffy particle suspended in a liquid or the fluffy mass of suspended particles so formed. Floc may be mineral as for clay, chemical as in water treatment or biological as in sewage treatment.

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  • noun a small loosely aggregated mass of flocculent material suspended in or precipitated from a liquid

Etymologies

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

[Short for flocculus.]

Examples

  • ALUM: Forms "floc" (snowflakes) to trap impurities

    The Nation's River A report on the Potomac from the U.S. Department of the Interior

  • LIME: Helps "floc" formation; lessens pipe corrosion

    The Nation's River A report on the Potomac from the U.S. Department of the Interior

  • To achieve this, coagulation processes involve the addition of a chemical salt to electrically charge small water borne particles (known as 'colloidal matter') so that they attract and bind to each other to make larger particles, termed as 'floc', which can then float or settle.

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  • The 'floc' forms as a result of the coagulants added during the previous stage and serves to combine the colloids into larger masses.

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  • In the livers of sick sheep were lodged parasites in the shape of leaves, called flukes after their resemblance to flounder floc in Anglo-Saxon.

    Parasite Rex

  • These included white and red floc lightly fortified, chilled aperitifs, some unidentified red liqueur derived from cognac, red and white table wines, and a dessert-accompanying concoction made by pouring an unaged, 40-percent-alcohol Armagnac into a saucepan, dumping in a handful of sugar cubes and setting the liquid ablaze until the alcohol burned off, which took about 15 minutes.

    The Foie Gras Wars

  • These included white and red floc lightly fortified, chilled aperitifs, some unidentified red liqueur derived from cognac, red and white table wines, and a dessert-accompanying concoction made by pouring an unaged, 40-percent-alcohol Armagnac into a saucepan, dumping in a handful of sugar cubes and setting the liquid ablaze until the alcohol burned off, which took about 15 minutes.

    The Foie Gras Wars

  • In the livers of sick sheep were lodged parasites in the shape of leaves, called flukes after their resemblance to flounder floc in Anglo-Saxon.

    Parasite Rex

  • In the livers of sick sheep were lodged parasites in the shape of leaves, called flukes after their resemblance to flounder floc in Anglo-Saxon.

    Parasite Rex

  • The efficiency of floc formations is contingent on the frequency of particle-to-particle contact.

    3. Technologies

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  • See citation on alum.

    April 24, 2013