from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An impure dilute solution of acetic acid obtained by fermentation beyond the alcohol stage and used as a condiment and preservative.
- n. Sourness of speech or mood; ill temper.
- n. Liveliness and enthusiasm; vim.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A sour liquid formed by the fermentation of alcohol used as a condiment or preservative; a dilute solution of acetic acid.
- n. Any variety of vinegar.
- v. To season with vinegar.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A sour liquid used as a condiment, or as a preservative, and obtained by the spontaneous (acetous) fermentation, or by the artificial oxidation, of wine, cider, beer, or the like.
- n. Hence, anything sour; -- used also metaphorically.
- transitive v. To convert into vinegar; to make like vinegar; to render sour or sharp.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make into vinegar, or make sour like vinegar.
- To apply vinegar to; pour vinegar over; also, to mix with vinegar.
- n. Dilute and impure acetic acid, obtained by the acetous fermentation.
- n. Anything really or metaphorically sour; sourness of temper. Also used attributively to signify sour or crabbed.
- n. In pharmacy, a solution of a medicinal substance in acetic acid, or vinegar; acetum.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. dilute acetic acid
- n. sour-tasting liquid produced usually by oxidation of the alcohol in wine or cider and used as a condiment or food preservative
But I don't see how the vinegar is the substitute ...
In vindaloo, the vinegar is an influence from the Portuguese merchants who carried wine -- but because of the long trip some would sour and they would find a cooking use for it.
Beeper, the vinegar is there to help activate the baking soda.
Both the English word vinegar and the Spanish vinagre derive from the French vin, meaning wine, and aigre, meaning sour.
Though it doesn’t look or sound related, the word vinegar comes from the same root as both acid and acetic: the Indo-European ak-, meaning “sharp.”
In Southern Mexico, it would most likely be made with fruit vinegar, especially pineapple vinegar, but apple cider vinegar is a good substitute.
Even if she never melted a pearl in vinegar, as legend has it, she cou ld well afford to do so.
The first-aid guidelines (which were last revised in 2005 and will appear in the AHA's journal Circulation) reaffirm that applying vinegar is the best way to treat jellyfish stings; they also call for "applying a pressure immobilization bandage to any venomous snake bite, with pressure being applied around the entire length of the bitten extremity."
If you cover them in vinegar coleslaw and then smash them, they are going to soften.
Have you ever wondered how come cucumbers can be preserved in vinegar?