One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Becoming liquid, or having a tendency to become liquid.
- ‘Remember that there may technically be stronger drinks in the desert, but since ethanol is deliquescent, any such drinks would absorb water from the air to remain at most 96% by volume alcohol.’
- ‘We have the technology so let's use it to ‘ring up’ our fridge and spot the deliquescent cucumber tucked away behind that banana yoghurt no one likes.’
- ‘Like a funeral, an epilogue mitigates an annihilating ending with deliquescent anticlimax.’
- ‘That said, his third solo exhibition at Kasmin featured 10 roiling, deliquescent abstractions that refer less to nature than to the mediated status of its representation.’
- ‘This was no deliquescent cucumber or a yoghurt dangerously beyond its sell-by date.’
- ‘Like bookends to the main event, he added orderly and totemic panels of more intimate scale, frosted over by a deliquescent rust applied like wash to gatherings of yet more lost things.’
- ‘We marvel at the exquisite tracery of a leaf, the play of light against the bark of a tree, the reflections and ripples in a puddle of water, the deliquescent radiance of a human eye.’
- 1.1Chemistry (of a solid) tending to absorb moisture from the air and dissolve in it.
- ‘Potassium carbonate is deliquescent, which means that it will absorb water from the air.’
- ‘The aqueous-phase chemistry of deliquescent sea-salt aerosols in the remote marine boundary layer is investigated with a steady state box model.’
- ‘The number of particles is independent of the deliquescent state at which they are measured.’
Late 18th century: from Latin deliquescent- ‘dissolving’, from the verb deliquescere (see deliquesce).
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