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Meaning of MORDANT

Pronunciation:  'mordnt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a substance used to treat leather or other materials before dyeing; aids in dyeing process
  2. [adj]  harshly ironic or sinister; "black humor"; "a grim joke"; "grim laughter"; "fun ranging from slapstick clowning ... to savage mordant wit"

MORDANT is a 7 letter word that starts with M.


 Synonyms: black, grim, sarcastic
 See Also: antimony potassium tartrate, chrome alum, color, coloring material, colour, colouring material, sodium bichromate, sodium dichromate, tartar emetic



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Mor"dant\, a. [F., p. pr. of mordere to bite; L.
    mordere. See {Morsel}.]
    1. Biting; caustic; sarcastic; keen; severe.
    2. (Dyeing & Calico Printing) Serving to fix colors.
  2. \Mor"dant\, n. [F., originally, biting.]
    1. Any corroding substance used in etching.
    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.
    3. (Gilding) Any sticky matter by which the gold leaf is made
       to adhere.
  3. \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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