Definition of Mercerize

1. Verb. Treat to strengthen and improve the luster. "Mercerize cotton"

Exact synonyms: Mercerise
Generic synonyms: Process, Treat
Derivative terms: Mercer



Definition of Mercerize

1. v. t. 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.

Definition of Mercerize

1. Verb. To treat cotton fabric with sodium hydroxide to make it more lustrous and accepting of dyes. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Mercerize

1. [v -IZED, -IZING, -IZES]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Mercerize

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mercenarily
mercenariness
mercenarinesses
mercenary
mercenary(a)
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merceries
mercerisation
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mercerises
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mercerizations
mercerize (current term)
mercerized
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mercers
mercership
mercerships
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merch
merchand
merchanded
merchanding
merchandisable
merchandise

Literary usage of Mercerize

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1. The Textile Fibres: Their Physical, Microscopical and Chemical Properties by Joseph Merritt Matthews (1913)
"Cotton cloth is principally mercerized in the unbleached condition. There has been some dispute as to which is best: to mercerize first and bleach, ..."

2. The Textile Fibres: Their Physical, Microscopical, and Chemical Properties by Joseph Merritt Matthews (1904)
"There has been some dispute as to which is best: to mercerize first and ... and then mercerize; experience, however, appears to favor the first method. ..."

3. The Century Dictionary: An Encyclopedic Lexicon of the English Language by William Dwight Whitney (1890)
"[< mercerize + -ation.] \ process of treating cotton fiber or fabrics, invented by John Mercer, a Lancashire calico-printer, and patented ..."

4. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1918)
"While in the yarn it is often desirable to bleach, dye or mercerize the cotton. The mule-spinner or spinning-mule, invented by Samuel Crompton, ..."

5. Transactionsby National Association of Cotton Manufacturers, New England Cotton Manufacturers' Association, Institution of Public Health Engineers (Great Britain) by National Association of Cotton Manufacturers, New England Cotton Manufacturers' Association, Institution of Public Health Engineers (Great Britain) (1913)
"... Soda Carbon Olate, Alpha Soda, Soluble Wax, Satin Finish, mercerize Finish and Other Products for Sizing and Finishing Cotton and Woolen Goods. ..."

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