surface-active love


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

  • adj. Of, relating to, or being a substance capable of reducing the surface tension of a liquid in which it is dissolved. Used especially of detergents.

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  • adj. capable of lowering the surface tension of a liquid

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  • adj. capable of lowering the surface tension of a liquid; used especially of detergents


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