One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of boron.‘boric oxide’
- ‘A mild acid (usually citric, but sometimes acetic, boric, lactic or tartaric) is often added to amidol formulae to prevent oxidation, which can cause staining of the print.’
- ‘In order to effect this reduction, much of the sodium oxide added as a flux is replaced by boric oxide and some of the lime by alumina.’
- ‘Liberal sprinklings of boric powder help too!’
- ‘So boric acids, or boric salts, are products which traditionally used to protect buildings that perhaps have already suffered from some rot or decay.’
- ‘We offer all of our mattresses in non-boric versions.’
- ‘We only ever did boric treatment, which is boron treatment for insects.’
- ‘Glass-forming substances are usually silica, boric oxide, phosphorous pentoxide, or feldspars.’
- ‘Boric oxide acts as a glass former and as a flux.’
- ‘To prevent the anti-sap stain, we used to put wood through the boric bath.’
- ‘The boric ester compound is reduced in water content and impurity content, has a high ionic conductivity, and is useful as a material for highly safe electrochemical devices such as secondary batteries and capacitors.’
- ‘I've decided camping above ground level is a far more reliable option than the usual deterrents of boric powder and kerosene.’
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