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mercerize

[ mur-suh-rahyz ]
/ 藞m蓽r s蓹藢ra瑟z /
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verb (used with object), mer路cer路ized, mer路cer路iz路ing.
to treat (cotton yarns or fabric) with caustic alkali under tension, in order to increase strength, luster, and affinity for dye.
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Also especially British, mer路cer路ise .

Origin of mercerize

1855鈥60; named after John Mercer (1791鈥1866), English calico printer, the patentee (1850) of the process; see -ize

OTHER WORDS FROM mercerize

mer路cer路i路za路tion, nounmer路cer路iz路er, nounun路mer路cer路ized, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for mercerize

mercerize

mercerise

/ (藞m蓽藧s蓹藢ra瑟z) /

verb
(tr) to treat (cotton yarn) with an alkali to increase its strength and reception to dye and impart a lustrous silky appearance

Derived forms of mercerize

mercerization or mercerisation, noun

Word Origin for mercerize

C19: named after John Mercer (1791鈥1866), English maker of textiles
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