retardant
adjective Date: 1642 serving or tending to retard <
a growth-retardant substance
>
retardant noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • retardant — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ preventing or inhibiting: fire retardant polymers. ► NOUN ▪ a fabric or substance that prevents or inhibits the outbreak of fire. DERIVATIVES retardancy noun …   English terms dictionary

  • retardant — index preventive Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • retardant — retardant, ante [ʀ(ə)taʀdɑ̃, ɑ̃t] adj. ÉTYM. 1904, in Rev. gén. des sc., no 6, p. 319 : « une influence… activante, puis retardante »; de retarder. ❖ ♦ Techn. Didact. Qui prolonge l action d un produit, d une substance d effet naturellement… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • retardant — 1640s (adj.); 1952 (n.); see RETARD (Cf. retard) + ANT (Cf. ant) …   Etymology dictionary

  • retardant — [ri tärd′ nt] n. something that retards; esp., a substance that delays a chemical reaction adj. that retards or tends to retard …   English World dictionary

  • Retardant — Un retardant est un produit chimique destiné à freiner la propagation des incendies . Incendies de de forêt Le retardant est souvent appliqué par largage à partir d un avion bombardier d eau ou d un hélicoptère. Voir aussi Agents ignifuges bromés …   Wikipédia en Français

  • retardant — n. a fire; rust retardant * * * rust retardant a fire …   Combinatory dictionary

  • retardant — retardance, retardancy, n. /ri tahr dnt/, n. Chem. 1. any substance capable of reducing the speed of a given reaction. adj. 2. retarding or tending to retard (usually used in combination): fire retardant construction materials. [1635 45; RETARD + …   Universalium

  • retardant — adjective [in combination] preventing or inhibiting: fire retardant polymers. noun a fabric or substance that prevents or inhibits the outbreak of fire. Derivatives retardancy noun …   English new terms dictionary

  • retardant — re•tard•ant [[t]rɪˈtɑr dnt[/t]] n. 1) chem. any substance capable of reducing the speed of a chemical reaction 2) cvb chem. retarding or tending to retard (usu. used in combination): fire retardant material[/ex] • Etymology: 1635–45 …   From formal English to slang

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”