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Meaning of SOAP

Pronunciation:  sowp

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a cleansing agent made from the salts of vegetable or animal fats
  2. [n]  money offered as a bribe
  3. [v]  rub soap all over, usually with the purpose of cleaning
  4. [v]  cover with soap

SOAP is a 4 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: lather, lather
 See Also: bar soap, bath soap, bribe, built-soap powder, castile soap, clean, cleaner, cleanse, cleanser, cleansing agent, cover, face soap, green soap, lave, leather soap, liquid soap, payoff, saddle soap, soap flakes, soap powder, soft soap, toilet soap, wash, washing powder



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Soap\, n. [OE. sope, AS. s[=a]pe; akin to D. zeep, G.
    seife, OHG. seifa, Icel. s[=a]pa, Sw. s?pa, Dan. s?be, and
    perhaps to AS. s[=i]pan to drip, MHG. s[=i]fen, and L. sebum
    tallow. Cf. {Saponaceous}.]
    A substance which dissolves in water, thus forming a lather,
    and is used as a cleansing agent. Soap is produced by
    combining fats or oils with alkalies or alkaline earths,
    usually by boiling, and consists of salts of sodium,
    potassium, etc., with the fatty acids (oleic, stearic,
    palmitic, etc.). See the Note below, and cf.
    {Saponification}. By extension, any compound of similar
    composition or properties, whether used as a cleaning agent
    or not.
    Note: In general, soaps are of two classes, hard and soft.
          Calcium, magnesium, lead, etc., form soaps, but they
          are insoluble and useless.
                The purifying action of soap depends upon the
                fact that it is decomposed by a large quantity of
                water into free alkali and an insoluble acid
                salt. The first of these takes away the fatty
                dirt on washing, and the latter forms the soap
                lather which envelops the greasy matter and thus
                tends to remove it.                --Roscoe &
    {Castile soap}, a fine-grained hard soap, white or mottled,
       made of olive oil and soda; -- called also {Marseilles, or
       Venetian, soap}.
    {Hard soap}, any one of a great variety of soaps, of
       different ingredients and color, which are hard and
       compact. All solid soaps are of this class.
    {Lead soap}, an insoluble, white, pliable soap made by
       saponifying an oil (olive oil) with lead oxide; -- used
       externally in medicine. Called also {lead plaster},
       {diachylon}, etc.
    {Marine soap}. See under {Marine}.
    {Pills of soap} (Med.), pills containing soap and opium.
    {Potash soap}, any soap made with potash, esp. the soft
       soaps, and a hard soap made from potash and castor oil.
    {Pumice soap}, any hard soap charged with a gritty powder, as
       silica, alumina, powdered pumice, etc., which assists
       mechanically in the removal of dirt.
    {Resin soap}, a yellow soap containing resin, -- used in
    {Silicated soap}, a cheap soap containing water glass (sodium
    {Soap bark}. (Bot.) See {Quillaia bark}.
    {Soap bubble}, a hollow iridescent globe, formed by blowing a
       film of soap suds from a pipe; figuratively, something
       attractive, but extremely unsubstantial.
             This soap bubble of the metaphysicians. --J. C.
    {Soap cerate}, a cerate formed of soap, olive oil, white wax,
       and the subacetate of lead, sometimes used as an
       application to allay inflammation.
    {Soap fat}, the refuse fat of kitchens, slaughter houses,
       etc., used in making soap.
    {Soap liniment} (Med.), a liniment containing soap, camphor,
       and alcohol.
    {Soap nut}, the hard kernel or seed of the fruit of the
       soapberry tree, -- used for making beads, buttons, etc.
    {Soap plant} (Bot.), one of several plants used in the place
       of soap, as the {Chlorogalum pomeridianum}, a California
       plant, the bulb of which, when stripped of its husk and
       rubbed on wet clothes, makes a thick lather, and smells
       not unlike new brown soap. It is called also {soap apple},
       {soap bulb}, and {soap weed}.
    {Soap tree}. (Bot.) Same as {Soapberry tree}.
    {Soda soap}, a soap containing a sodium salt. The soda soaps
       are all hard soaps.
    {Soft soap}, a soap of a gray or brownish yellow color, and
       of a slimy, jellylike consistence, made from potash or the
       lye from wood ashes. It is strongly alkaline and often
       contains glycerin, and is used in scouring wood, in
       cleansing linen, in dyehouses, etc. Figuratively,
       flattery; wheedling; blarney. [Colloq.]
    {Toilet soap}, hard soap for the toilet, usually colored and
  2. \Soap\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Soaped}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    1. To rub or wash over with soap.
    2. To flatter; to wheedle. [Slang]
Computing Dictionary

1. simple object access protocol.

2. symbolic optimal assembly program.

Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing soap in your dream indicates that you need to wash away some of your emotions or past memories. You may also be feeling emotionally dirty or guilty and are trying to wash away the shame. Perhaps you need to confess something.
Easton Bible Dictionary

(Jer. 2:22; Mal. 3:2; Heb. borith), properly a vegetable alkali, obtained from the ashes of certain plants, particularly the salsola kali (saltwort), which abounds on the shores of the Dead Sea and of the Mediterranean. It does not appear that the Hebrews were acquainted with what is now called "soap," which is a compound of alkaline carbonates with oleaginous matter. The word "purely" in Isa. 1:25 (R.V., "throughly;" marg., "as with lye") is lit. "as with _bor_." This word means "clearness," and hence also that which makes clear, or pure, alkali. "The ancients made use of alkali mingled with oil, instead of soap (Job 9:30), and also in smelting metals, to make them melt and flow more readily and purely" (Gesenius).