Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Of or pertaining to or obtained from sulphur.

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

  • adjective Of or pertaining to sulphur.
  • adjective (Chem.) Derived from, or containing, sulphur; specifically, designating those compounds in which the element has a higher valence as contrasted with the sulphurous compounds.
  • adjective [Obs.] A heavy, corrosive, oily liquid, H2SO4, colorless when pure, but usually yellowish or brownish, produced by the combined action of sulphur dioxide, oxygen (from the air), steam, and nitric fumes. It attacks and dissolves many metals and other intractable substances, sets free most acids from their salts, and is used in the manufacture of hydrochloric and nitric acids, of soda, of bleaching powders, etc. It is also powerful dehydrating agent, having a strong affinity for water, and eating and corroding paper, wood, clothing, etc. It is thus used in the manufacture of ether, of imitation parchment, and of nitroglycerin. It is also used in etching iron, in removing iron scale from forgings, in petroleum refining, etc., and in general its manufacture is the most important and fundamental of all the chemical industries. Formerly called vitriolic acid, and now popularly vitriol, and oil of vitriol.
  • adjective See Disulphuric acid, under Disulphuric.
  • adjective sulphur trioxide. See under Sulphur.
  • adjective common anæsthetic ether; -- so called because made by the catalytic action of sulphuric acid on alcohol. See Ether, 3 (a).

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  • adjective chiefly UK Alternative spelling of sulfuric.

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  • adjective of or relating to or containing sulfur

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Examples

  • The term sulphuric aciili is improperly applied to the strongeU eil of vitriol; this aubstanee, according to the principles a£ tbe French nomenclature, ou; 5ht to be called kydrosulfihurii: add.

    Elements of Chemical Philosophy: Part 1, Vol.1

  • What blows me away is that the environment looks so normal; you wouldn't guess that it's around 100 atmospheres pressure, 475°C, and drenched in sulphuric acid.

    Archive 2004-01-01

  • What blows me away is that the environment looks so normal; you wouldn't guess that it's around 100 atmospheres pressure, 475°C, and drenched in sulphuric acid.

    Return to Venus

  • Best, who coached England to Grand Slam glory and toured with the 1993 Lions in New Zealand, was known as "sulphuric" during his reign because of his acidic comments to players who fell foul of his ire.

    Evening Standard - Home

  • This is due to the fact that its base, ammonia, is very volatile, and not capable of being held very firmly by an acid, even by sulphuric, which is among the least volatile of all the common acids.

    Manures and the principles of manuring

  • The next step is to add a strong, biting acid known as sulphuric acid to the test-bottle into which you have just put the milk.

    Agriculture for Beginners Revised Edition

  • We can no longer call otto of rosemary, or otto of nutmegs, essential oil of rosemary or nutmegs, with any more propriety than we can term sulphuric acid "oil" of vitriol.

    The Art of Perfumery And Methods of Obtaining the Odors of Plants

  • Acetaldehyde forms a trimer in the presence of acid catalysts such as sulphuric or phosphoric acid, to make paraldehyde, a pharmacological sedative.

    Archive 2007-10-01

  • Acetaldehyde forms a trimer in the presence of acid catalysts such as sulphuric or phosphoric acid, to make paraldehyde, a pharmacological sedative.

    Alcohol

  • "Mineworkers are getting ill after being exposed to chemicals such as sulphuric acid for many years."

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