from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Readily absorbing moisture, as from the atmosphere.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Readily taking up and retaining water, especially from the atmosphere.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or pertaining to, or indicated by, the hygroscope; not readily manifest to the senses, but capable of detection by the hygroscope.
- adj. Having the property of readily inbibing moisture from the atmosphere, or of the becoming coated with a thin film of moisture, as glass, etc.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to the hygroscope; perceptible or capable of being detected only by the hygroscope.
- Having the property of absorbing moisture from the atmosphere, as hygroscopic tissue, or of becoming coated with a film of moisture.
- In botany, sensitive to moisture; caused by moisture; moving when moistened and then dried, as the elaters of Equisetum or the peristome of mosses.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. absorbing moisture (as from the air)
The water retained by this force is called hygroscopic water and it consists of the water held within 0.0002 millimeters of the surface of soil particles.
The maximum limit of this water around a soil particle is known as the hygroscopic coefficient.
This is known as hygroscopic moisture, or "water of condition".
It is best to put them into wide-mouthed bottles with glass stoppers, as they are all hygroscopic, that is, sensitive to moisture.
Both of these materials possess the disadvantage of being hygroscopic, that is, of readily absorbing moisture.
Moreover, hydrogen chloride is hygroscopic, that is a compound that absorbs the moisture from the air.
AN as an explosive component has one major drawback, it is very hygroscopic, meaning that it will attract and absorb moisture from the air desensitising or destroying the explosive.
Furthermore, erythritol is non-hygroscopic, meaning it does not attract moisture, which can lead to products, particularly baked goods, drying out if another hygroscopic ingredient is not used in the formulation.
The bonus with JLS in baking is that it stays hygroscopic like sugar - no dried out muffins or cake!
Black powder is hygroscopic (draws moisture from the air).