having the property of fixing colors, as in dyeing.
a substance used in dyeing to fix the coloring matter, especially a metallic compound, as an oxide or hydroxide, that combines with the organic dye and forms an insoluble colored compound or lake in the fiber.
an adhesive substance for binding gold or silver leaf to a surface.
an acid or other corrosive substance used in etching to eat out the lines, areas, etc.
to impregnate or treat with a mordant.
- mor·dant·ly, adverb
- un·mor·dant, adjective
- un·mor·dant·ly, adverb
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How to use mordant in a sentence
Remove the fabric from the mordant and place it in the dye bath.
This is your mordant liquid, which removes finishing chemicals from your fabric and makes the dye adhere better to the cloth.
Yet, it fit so well with the mordant tenor of the game that I felt no compulsion to try to better Curdin’s fate.‘Mundaun’ offers the rare chance to smoke a pipe while talking to the severed head of a goat | Christopher Byrd | March 26, 2021 | Washington Post
More than anything else he is cheery—mordant and ironic at times, but undauntedly optimistic.
Such seemingly effortless—and mordant—improvisation can be a marvel to behold.The Stacks: Robin Williams, More Than A Shtick Figure | Joe Morgenstern | August 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Mischievous, more bite than bark in the sense that it was mordant with minimal rhetoric, Heaney was not genteel.
"mordant" is the word I think I want to describe his conversation.
I like that the emotional lives of women are tinged with a kind of mordant humor for the most part.
In some cases the mordant is added to the dye liquid; in others the material is previously treated with it before being colored.Philippine Mats | Hugo H. Miller
Lime is sometimes used as a mordant but the straws are usually first treated with kolis leaves.Philippine Mats | Hugo H. Miller
The king sent him back the picture, mordant epigrams appeared in the journals, and Reynolds scoffed at him in his Discourses.The History of Modern Painting, Volume 1 (of 4) | Richard Muther
His mordant reply to the questioning pay-clerk was: "Yes, I am a mason."The Stones of Paris in History and Letters, Volume I (of 2) | Benjamin Ellis Martin
The first act seemed gay and lively, with a sort of mordant raillery in it with which the audience was unfamiliar.The English Stage | Augustin Filon
British Dictionary definitions for mordant
sarcastic or caustic
having the properties of a mordant
a substance used before the application of a dye, possessing the ability to fix colours in textiles, leather, etc: See also lake 2 (def. 1)
an acid or other corrosive fluid used to etch lines on a printing plate
(tr) to treat (a fabric, yarn, etc) with a mordant
- mordancy, noun
- mordantly, adverb
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