preservative

  • 1 preservative — (adj.) late 14c., from M.Fr. preservatif, from M.L. praeservativus, from praeservare (see PRESERVE (Cf. preserve) (v.)). The noun is from early 15c., a preservative medication. Sense of chemical added to foods to keep them from rotting is from… …

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  • 2 Preservative — Pre*serv a*tive, a. [Cf. F. pr[ e]servatif.] Having the power or quality of preserving; tending to preserve, or to keep from injury, decay, etc. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 3 Preservative — Pre*serv a*tive, n. That which preserves, or has the power of preserving; a presevative agent. [1913 Webster] To wear tablets as preservatives against the plague. Bacon. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 4 preservative — index preventive, prophylactic, protective Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

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  • 5 preservative — ► NOUN ▪ a substance used to preserve foodstuffs or other materials against decay. ► ADJECTIVE ▪ acting to preserve something …

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  • 6 preservative — [prē zʉrv′ə tiv, prizʉrv′ə tiv] adj. [ME preseruatyve < MFr preservatif < ML praeservativus] having the quality of preserving n. anything that preserves; esp., a substance added to a food to keep it from spoiling …

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  • 7 Preservative — A preservative is a natural or synthetic chemical that is added to products such as foods, pharmaceuticals, paints, biological samples, wood, etc. to prevent decomposition by microbial growth or by undesirable chemical changes.Preservatives in… …

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  • 8 preservative — UK [prɪˈzɜː(r)vətɪv] / US [prɪˈzɜrvətɪv] noun [countable/uncountable] Word forms preservative : singular preservative plural preservatives chemistry a chemical substance used for preventing food or wood from decaying wood preservative This drink… …

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  • 9 preservative — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ food, wood ▪ artificial, chemical, synthetic ▪ Our products contain no artificial preservatives. VERB + PRESERVATIVE …

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  • 10 preservative — n. a food preservative * * * [prɪ zɜːvətɪv] a food preservative …

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  • 11 preservative — [[t]prɪzɜ͟ː(r)vətɪv[/t]] preservatives N MASS A preservative is a chemical that prevents things from decaying. Some preservatives are added to food, and others are used to treat wood or metal. Nitrates are used as preservatives in food… …

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  • 12 preservative — /pri zerr veuh tiv/, n. 1. something that preserves or tends to preserve. 2. a chemical substance used to preserve foods or other organic materials from decomposition or fermentation. adj. 3. tending to preserve. [1350 1400; ME (adj. and n.) < MF …

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  • 13 preservative — 1. noun (countable) any agent, natural or artificial that acts to preserve, especially when added to food Salt, sugar, and acid all act as preservatives when making pickles. 2. adjective …

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  • 14 preservative — A substance added to food products or to an organic solution to prevent chemical change or bacterial action. * * * pre·ser·va·tive pri zər vət iv n something that preserves or has the power of preserving specif an additive used to protect …

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  • 15 préservative — ● préservatif, préservative adjectif Vieux. Qui préserve d une maladie …

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  • 16 preservative — Synonyms and related words: backward, brine, conservational, conservationist, conservative, conservatory, conserving, die hard, embalming fluid, fogyish, formaldehyde, keeping, nonprogressive, old fashioned, old fogyish, old line, opposed to… …

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  • 17 preservative — pre|ser|va|tive [ prı zɜrvətıv ] noun count or uncount a chemical substance used for preventing food or wood from decaying: wood preservative This drink contains no artificial flavorings or preservatives …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 18 preservative — I. adjective Date: 14th century having the power of preserving II. noun Date: 15th century something that preserves or has the power of preserving; specifically an additive used to protect against decay, discoloration, or spoilage …

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  • 19 preservative — I (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. saving, conservative, protective, preservatory, conservatory, precautionary. n. Syn. hygienic preserver, chemical, preserving agent, prophylaxis. II (Roget s Thesaurus II) adjective Able to preserve: conservative,… …

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  • 20 preservative — pre|ser|va|tive [prıˈzə:vətıv US ə:r ] n [U and C] a chemical substance that is used to prevent things from decaying, for example food or wood ▪ food that contains no artificial preservatives …

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