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dilution

[dih-loo-shuh n, dahy-]
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noun
  1. the act of diluting or the state of being diluted.
  2. something diluted.
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Origin of dilution

First recorded in 1640–50; dilute + -ion
Related formsan·ti·di·lu·tion, adjectivenon·di·lu·tion, nouno·ver·di·lu·tion, noun
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Related Words

mixtureconcoctionsolutioninfusionpreparationsuspensiondilutionsuffusion

Examples from the Web for dilution

Historical Examples

  • But Mr. Drayton stopped the dilution by snatching up his tumbler.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine

  • This staining can only be limited by dilution, but not by the addition of opposed dyes.

  • Dilution, or addition of water, at once discharges the colour.

  • Is there not an infusion of Xenophon in Sophocles, as compared to Æschylus,—a dilution?

  • The twelfth dilution would of course fill a million such lakes.

    Medical Essays

    Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.


British Dictionary definitions for dilution

dilution

noun
  1. the act of diluting or state of being diluted
  2. a diluted solution
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Word Origin and History for dilution

n.

1640s, noun of action from past participle stem of Latin diluere (see dilute).

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dilution in Medicine

dilution

(dī-lōōshən, dĭ-)
n.
  1. The act of reducing the concentration of a mixture or solution.
  2. A diluted solution.
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dilution in Science

dilution

[dĭ-lōōshən]
  1. The process of making a substance less concentrated by adding a solvent, such as water.
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