Effloresced
Effloresce Ef`flo*resce", v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Effloresced}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Efflorescing}.] [L. efflorescere to bloom, blossom; ex + florescere to begin to blossom, incho., fr. florere to blossom, fr. flos a flower. See {Flower}.] 1. To blossom forth. --Carlyle. [1913 Webster]

2. (Chem.) To change on the surface, or throughout, to a whitish, mealy, or crystalline powder, from a gradual decomposition, esp. from the loss of water, on simple exposure to the air; as, Glauber's salts, and many others, effloresce. [1913 Webster]

3. To become covered with a whitish crust or light crystallization, from a slow chemical change between some of the ingredients of the matter covered and an acid proceeding commonly from an external source; as, the walls of limestone caverns sometimes effloresce with nitrate of calcium in consequence of the action of nitric acid formed in the atmosphere. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • effloresced — ef·flo·resce || ‚eflɔː res v. flower, blossom …   English contemporary dictionary

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  • Effloresce — Ef flo*resce , v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Effloresced}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Efflorescing}.] [L. efflorescere to bloom, blossom; ex + florescere to begin to blossom, incho., fr. florere to blossom, fr. flos a flower. See {Flower}.] 1. To blossom forth.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Efflorescing — Effloresce Ef flo*resce , v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Effloresced}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Efflorescing}.] [L. efflorescere to bloom, blossom; ex + florescere to begin to blossom, incho., fr. florere to blossom, fr. flos a flower. See {Flower}.] 1. To blossom …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • effloresce — /ef leuh res /, v.i., effloresced, efflorescing. 1. to burst into bloom; blossom. 2. Chem. a. to change either throughout or on the surface to a mealy or powdery substance upon exposure to air, as a crystalline substance through loss of water of… …   Universalium

  • effloresce — /ɛfləˈrɛs / (say efluh res) verb (i) (effloresced, efflorescing) 1. to burst into bloom; blossom. 2. (of a crystal) to change on the surface to a powder, upon exposure to air, as a result of loss of some water of crystallisation. 3. (of a rock or …   Australian English dictionary

  • effloresce — [ef΄lə res′] vi. effloresced, efflorescing [L efflorescere, to blossom, flourish < ex , out + florescere, to begin to blossom < florere, to blossom < flos (gen. floris), a flower: see BLOOM1] 1. to blossom out; flower; bloom 2. Chem. a)… …   English World dictionary

  • burst forth — verb 1. jump out from a hiding place and surprise (someone) The attackers leapt out from the bushes • Syn: ↑leap out, ↑rush out, ↑sally out • Hypernyms: ↑appear • …   Useful english dictionary

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