caustic

  • 1 Caustic — Caus tic, Caustical Caus tic*al, a. [L. caustucs, Ge. ?, fr. ? to burn. Cf. {Calm}, {Ink}.] 1. Capable of destroying the texture of anything or eating away its substance by chemical action; burning; corrosive; searing. [1913 Webster] 2. Severe;… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 Caustic — may refer to: * Causticity, the property of a substance that causes corrosion ** Sodium hydroxide, sometimes called caustic soda ** Potassium hydroxide, sometimes called caustic potash ** Calcium oxide, sometimes called caustic lime * Caustic… …

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  • 3 caustic — CAÚSTIC, Ă, caustici, ce, adj., s.f. 1. adj. (Despre substanţe chimice) Care arde, distruge ţesutul animal şi vegetal. ♢ Sodă caustică = hidrat de sodiu cristalizat, cu multe întrebuinţări în industrie. 2. adj. fig. Muşcător, satiric. 3. s.f.… …

    Dicționar Român

  • 4 caustic — caustic, mordant, acrid, scathing are comparable when they mean stingingly incisive. Caustic usually implies a biting wit, a ready tongue or pen, and the power to drive disagreeable truths home { I really do not know what to do with my books, he… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 5 Caustic — Cau stic, n. [L. causticum (sc. medicamentum). See {Caustic}, a.] 1. Any substance or means which, applied to animal or other organic tissue, burns, corrodes, or destroys it by chemical action; an escharotic. [1913 Webster] 2. (Optics) A caustic… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 6 caustic — [kôs′tik] adj. [ME caustik < L causticus < Gr kaustikos < kaustos, burning < kaiein, to burn] 1. that can burn, eat away, or destroy tissue by chemical action; corrosive 2. cutting or sarcastic in utterance; biting 3. designating or… …

    English World dictionary

  • 7 caustic — c.1400, from O.Fr. caustique, from L. causticus burning, caustic, from Gk. kaustikos capable of burning, from kaustos combustible, from kaiein, the Greek word for to burn (trans. and intrans.) in all periods, of uncertain origin with no certain… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 8 caustic — [adj1] burning, corrosive abrasive, acerbic, acid, acrid, alkaline, astringent, biting, corroding, erosive, keen, mordant, pungent, tart; concept 485 Ant. calm, mild, soothing caustic [adj2] sarcastic acerb, acerbic, acrimonious, bitter, cutting …

    New thesaurus

  • 9 caustic — ► ADJECTIVE 1) able to burn or corrode organic tissue by chemical action. 2) scathingly sarcastic. ► NOUN ▪ a caustic substance. DERIVATIVES caustically adverb. ORIGIN Greek kaustikos, from kaustos combustible …

    English terms dictionary

  • 10 Caustic — Caustic. См. Каустик. (Источник: «Металлы и сплавы. Справочник.» Под редакцией Ю.П. Солнцева; НПО Профессионал , НПО Мир и семья ; Санкт Петербург, 2003 г.) …

    Словарь металлургических терминов

  • 11 caustic — I adjective abrasive, abrupt, acerbus, acrid, acrimonious, acute, astringent, austere, biting, brash, burning, corroding, corrosive, cruel, curt, cutting, derisive, derisory, envenomed, erosive, excorciating, excruciating, harsh, hurtful,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 12 caustic — [[t]kɔ͟ːstɪk[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED Caustic chemical substances are very powerful and can dissolve other substances. ...caustic cleaning agents... Remember that this is caustic; use gloves or a spoon. Syn: corrosive 2) ADJ GRADED A caustic remark is… …

    English dictionary

  • 13 caustic — I. adjective Etymology: Latin causticus, from Greek kaustikos, from kaiein to burn Date: 14th century 1. capable of destroying or eating away by chemical action ; corrosive 2. marked by incisive sarcasm 3. relating to or being the surface or… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 14 caustic — caustically, causticly, adv. causticity /kaw stis i tee/, causticness, n. /kaw stik/, adj. 1. capable of burning, corroding, or destroying living tissue. 2. severely critical or sarcastic: a caustic remark. n. 3. a caustic substance. 4. Optics …

    Universalium

  • 15 caustic — caus|tic [ˈko:stık US ˈko:s ] adj [Date: 1300 1400; : Latin; Origin: causticus, from Greek, from kaiein to burn ] 1.) a caustic substance can burn through things by chemical action ▪ caustic soda (=a chemical used for cleaning things) 2.) a… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 caustic — /ˈkɒstɪk / (say kostik) adjective 1. capable of burning, corroding, or destroying living tissue: caustic soda. 2. severely critical or sarcastic: *with a smile so caustic it might have unblocked a drain –henry handel richardson, 1917. 3. Optics,… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 17 caustic — 1. Chemically exerting an effect resembling a burn. 2. An agent producing this effect. 3. Denoting a solution of a strong alkali; e.g., c. soda, NaOH. SYN: pyrotic (2). [G. kaustikos, fr. kaio, to burn] * * * caus·tic kȯ stik …

    Medical dictionary

  • 18 caustic — adj. & n. adj. 1 that burns or corrodes organic tissue. 2 sarcastic, biting. 3 Chem. strongly alkaline. 4 Physics formed by the intersection of reflected or refracted parallel rays from a curved surface. n. 1 a caustic substance. 2 Physics a… …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 19 caustic — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. corrosive, burning; mordant, sarcastic, satirical, biting, acrimonious; severe. See discourtesy, resentment, detraction, feeling. II (Roget s IV) modif. 1. [Corrosive] Syn. burning, strongly… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 20 caustic — [ kɔ:stɪk, kɒst ] adjective 1》 able to burn or corrode organic tissue by chemical action. 2》 scathingly sarcastic. 3》 Physics formed by the intersection of reflected or refracted parallel rays from a curved surface. noun 1》 a caustic substance.… …

    English new terms dictionary