a colorless, fuming, corrosive liquid, HF, an aqueous solution of hydrogen fluoride, used chiefly for etching glass.
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First recorded in 1815–25
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There was a big one on Nifflheim, armored against the fluorine atmosphere and the hydrofluoric-acid rains.The Cosmic Computer|Henry Beam Piper
British Dictionary definitions for hydrofluoric acid
/ (ˌhaɪdrəʊfluːˈɒrɪk) /
the colourless aqueous solution of hydrogen fluoride: a strong acid that attacks glass
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Scientific definitions for hydrofluoric acid
[ hī′drō-flur′ĭk, -flôr′- ]
A colorless, fuming, aqueous solution of hydrogen fluoride. It is corrosive and is used to etch or polish glass, to clean certain metals before plating, and to clean masonry. It is very poisonous.
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