Definitions

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

  • n. Glycerol or a preparation of glycerol.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Alternative spelling of glycerine.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An oily, viscous liquid, C3H5(OH)3, colorless and odorless, and with a hot, sweetish taste, existing in the natural fats and oils as the base, combined with various acids, as oleic, margaric, stearic, and palmitic. It may be obtained by saponification of fats and oils. It is a triatomic alcohol, and hence is also called glycerol. See Note under gelatin.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A transparent, colorless, hygroscopic liquid (C3H5(OH)3), with a sweet taste and syrupy consistence.
  • n. Formerly a general designation for compounds similar to glycerol in that they contain three hydroxyl groups.

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

  • n. a sweet syrupy trihydroxy alcohol obtained by saponification of fats and oils

Etymologies

French glycérine, from Greek glukeros, sweet.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French glycérine, from Ancient Greek γλυκερός (glukeros, "sweet"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Because they are in glycerin, the colorant does not start the fizzing reaction in your bath bomb that a water-based colorant would set off.

    The Bathcake Debacle

  • Am I right to assume that the extra glycerin is to make the soap more pliable for rolling?

    Final Photos & Instructions for Jelly Roll Soaps

  • Val, yes, the liquid glycerin is for help with the pliability (is that even a word?)

    Final Photos & Instructions for Jelly Roll Soaps

  • This is sometimes called a glycerin extract and has a sweet flavor that is quite appealing to children.

    THE NATURAL REMEDY BIBLE

  • The reason it's attractive to counterfeiters is that it has the same consistency of glycerin, which is something that's used in a lot of cough syrup.

    CNN Transcript May 8, 2007

  • In the U.S. meanwhile, crude glycerin, which is a byproduct of soap, fatty acid and fatty alcohol production, has been piling up to excess.

    Purchasing - Top Stories

  • Following 100 deaths in Panama linked to cough syrup containing diethylene glycol (the ingredient had been mislabeled as glycerin, which is harmless), the FDA issued an import alert on all toothpaste made in China, tested the tubes it could find for the toxin and recalled the questionable batches.

    TIME.com: Top Stories

  • The surging popularity of low-fat and low-carbohydrate foods is also giving a lift to glycerin, which is an ingredient in such products.

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  • This is probably due to the fact that it is 100% glycerin which is not entirely saponifiable by lye.

    Archive 2007-04-01

  • Learned medical and physiological writers often speak of glycerin as the

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 561, October 2, 1886

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