from The Century Dictionary.

  • Full of or impregnated with sulphur; containing sulphur; of or pertaining to sulphur; like sulphur; like the suffocating fumes or the heat of burning sulphur.

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

  • adjective Of or pertaining to sulphur.
  • adjective Derived from, or containing, sulphur; specifically, designating those compounds in which the element has a lower valence as contrasted with the sulphuric compounds.
  • adjective Having the characteristic odor of sulphur dioxide, or of hydrogen sulphide, or of other sulphur compounds.
  • adjective [Obs.] An acid, H2SO3, not known in the free state except as a solution of sulphur dioxide in water, but forming a well-known series of salts (the sulphites).
  • adjective (Chem.) sulphur dioxide. See under Sulphur.

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  • adjective chiefly UK Alternative spelling of sulfurous.

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

  • adjective harsh or corrosive in tone
  • adjective of or related to or containing sulfur or derived from sulfur
  • adjective characterized by oppressive heat and humidity


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  • (SO_ {2}), sometimes called sulphurous anhydride; and sulphur trioxide

    An Elementary Study of Chemistry

  • When sulphur burns, as in a match, it gives off disagreeable fumes, and if these are made to bubble into a vessel containing water, they dissolve and form with the water a substance known as sulphurous acid.

    General Science

  • Despite eight years under the influence of the unloved (and, to Chávez, the "sulphurous") George W. Bush, more than half of those surveyed have positive views of the U.S., and are looking for Obama to take a more active role in the region.

    Pro Trade, Pro U.S.

  • Before entering into a discussion of the question, which naturally arises at this point, as to how levity and gravity by their two possible ways of interaction - 'sulphurous' or 'saline' - determine the properties of so-called positive and negative electricity, we shall first study the third mode of generating electricity, namely, by electromagnetic induction.

    Man or Matter

  • We then saw in these three systems representatives of the three alchemical functions - 'sulphurous' in the metabolic,

    Man or Matter

  • She disappeared in a kind of sulphurous apotheosis, and when a few years later Medora again came back to New York, subdued, impoverished, mourning a third husband, and in quest of a still smaller house, people wondered that her rich niece had not been able to do something for her.

    The Age of Innocence

  • Tellurous compounds are formed, with evolution of chlorine; and the solution, on treating with a reducing agent (such as sulphurous acid or stannous chloride), yields metallic tellurium; which is washed, dried at 100° C., and weighed.

    A Text-book of Assaying: For the Use of Those Connected with Mines.

  • With its stars being picked off by rival broadcasters and looming cuts to pay and pensions, the mood at the BBC is said to be 'sulphurous'. news, business, sport, the Daily Telegraph newspaper, Sunday Telegraph

  • Residents in Shetland and Aberdeen have already reported smelling the effects of the ash, describing it as "sulphurous".

    British Blogs

  • 'sulphurous' substances (resin in one, the nobler metals in the other) become bearers of negative electricity; while the 'saline' substances

    Man or Matter


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  • "Sulphurous politics surrounding asylum seeker policy and the illusory pursuit of ways to turn back the boats have restricted rational debate over troubling and complex border protection issues."

    - Russel Skelton, Gatekeepers in disarray,, 7 Jan 2013.

    January 7, 2013