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Meaning of MERCERIZE

Pronunciation:  'mursu`rIz

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[v]  treat to strengthen and improve the luster; "mercerize cotton"
 

MERCERIZE is a 9 letter word that starts with M.

 

 Synonyms: mercerise
 
 See Also: process, treat

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Mer"cer*ize\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {-ized}; p. pr. &
vb. n. {-izing}.] [From (John) Mercer (1791-1866), an English
calico printer who introduced the process + -ize.]
To treat (cotton fiber or fabrics) with a solution of caustic
alkali. Such treatment causes the fiber to shrink in length
and become stronger and more receptive of dyes. If the yarn
or cloth is kept under tension during the process, it assumes
a silky luster. -- {Mer`cer*i*za"tion}, n.

 

 

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