mordant


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Mordant \Mor"dant\, a. [F., p. pr. of mordere to bite; L.
   mordere. See Morsel.]
   1. Biting; caustic; sarcastic; keen; severe.
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   2. (Dyeing & Calico Printing) Serving to fix colors.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Mordant \Mor"dant\, n. [F., originally, biting.]
   1. Any corroding substance used in etching.
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   2. (Dyeing & Calico Printing) Any substance, as alum or
      copperas, which, having a twofold attraction for organic
      fibers and coloring matter, serves as a bond of union, and
      thus gives fixity to, or bites in, the dyes.
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   3. (Gilding) Any sticky matter by which the gold leaf is made
      to adhere.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Mordant \Mor"dant\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Mordanted; p. pr. &
   vb. n. Mordanting.]
   To subject to the action of, or imbue with, a mordant; as, to
   mordant goods for dyeing.
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