I. adjective Etymology: Middle French, present participle of mordre to bite, from Latin mordēre; perhaps akin to Sanskrit mṛdnāti he presses, rubs Date: 15th century 1. biting and caustic in thought, manner, or style ; incisive <
a mordant wit
2. acting as a mordant 3. burning, pungent Synonyms: see causticmordantly adverb II. noun Date: 1791 1. a chemical that fixes a dye in or on a substance by combining with the dye to form an insoluble compound 2. a corroding substance used in etching III. transitive verb Date: 1836 to treat with a mordant

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  • mordant — mordant, ante [ mɔrdɑ̃, ɑ̃t ] adj. et n. m. • XIIe; de mordre I ♦ Adj. Qui mord, attaque. 1 ♦ Vén. Bêtes mordantes, qui se défendent en mordant (blaireau, loup, loutre, ours …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • mordant — mordant, ante 1. (mor dan, dan t ) adj. 1°   Qui mord, qui entame. •   J entends crier la dent de la lime mordante, DELILLE Géorg. I.    Terme de chasse. Bête mordante, nom donné à certaines bêtes qui se défendent avec les dents ; telles que le… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • mordant — MORDÁNT, Ă, mordanţi, te, adj., s.m. 1. adj. (Rar; despre note muzicale) Care se execută printr un mic ornament melodic, un fel de tril neterminat. 2. s.m. Substanţă chimică care fixează coloranţii pe fibrele textile. [var.: mordént s.m.] – Din… …   Dicționar Român

  • mordant — [môr′dənt] adj. [ME mordent < OFr mordant, prp. of mordre, to bite < L mordere < IE * merd , var. of base * mer : see MORBID] 1. biting, cutting, caustic, or sarcastic, as speech, wit, etc. 2. causing corrosion 3. acting as a mordant n.… …   English World dictionary

  • Mordant — Mor dant, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Mordanted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Mordanting}.] To subject to the action of, or imbue with, a mordant; as, to mordant goods for dyeing. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • mordant — (adj.) late 15c., caustic (of words, speech), from M.Fr. mordant, lit. biting, prp. of mordre to bite, from L. mordere to bite, bite into; nip, sting; figuratively to pain, cause hurt (see MORDACIOUS (Cf. mordacious)). Related: Mordantly. The… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Mordant — Mor dant, a. [F., p. pr. of mordere to bite; L. mordere. See {Morsel}.] 1. Biting; caustic; sarcastic; keen; severe. [1913 Webster] 2. (Dyeing & Calico Printing) Serving to fix colors. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Mordant — Mor dant, n. [F., originally, biting.] 1. Any corroding substance used in etching. [1913 Webster] 2. (Dyeing & Calico Printing) Any substance, as alum or copperas, which, having a twofold attraction for organic fibers and coloring matter, serves… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Mordant — (fr., spr. Mordang), 1) der Grund zum Vergolden u. Versilbern; 2) (Mus.), so v.w. Mordent …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Mordant — Mordant, in der Zeugfärberei u. dem Zeugdruck so v.w. Beize; vgl. Färbekunst S. 109 u. Kattun C); daher Mordanciren, so v.w. Beizen 1) …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Mordant — (franz., spr. dāng), soviel wie Beize, Beizmittel, Ätzwasser etc. (s. Beizen und Färberei) …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

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