Definitions

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

  • noun Glycerol or a preparation of glycerol.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Chem.) 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 Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun organic chemistry Alternative spelling of glycerine.

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

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

Etymologies

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

[French glycérine, from Greek glukeros, sweet.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From French glycérine, from Ancient Greek γλυκερός (glukeros, "sweet").

Examples

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

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  • 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.

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

    Final Photos & Instructions for Jelly Roll Soaps

  • 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.

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

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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