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

  • n. A substance used to reduce the hardness of water.
  • n. A device that monitors and reduces the hardness of the water.

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  • n. A device which reduces the calcium and magnesium concentration of hard water by passing it through an ion exchange resin.

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

  • n. a substance (such as sodium chloride) that lessens the hardness of water by replacing calcium and magnesium ions with sodium ions and so gives the water more efficient sudsing power


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