mordant

[ mawr-dnt ]
/ ˈmɔr dnt /

adjective

noun

verb (used with object)

to impregnate or treat with a mordant.

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Origin of mordant

1425–75; late Middle English < Middle French, present participle of mordre to bite ≪ Latin mordēre; see -ant

OTHER WORDS FROM mordant

mor·dant·ly, adverbun·mor·dant, adjectiveun·mor·dant·ly, adverb

Definition for mordant (2 of 2)

mordent

or mor·dant

[ mawr-dnt ]
/ ˈmɔr dnt /

noun Music.

a melodic embellishment consisting of a rapid alternation of a principal tone with the tone a half or a whole step below it, called single or short when the auxiliary tone occurs once and double or long when this occurs twice or more.

Origin of mordent

1800–10; < German < Italian mordente biting < Latin mordent-, stem of mordēns, present participle of mordēre to bite; see -ent
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British Dictionary definitions for mordant (1 of 2)

mordant
/ (ˈmɔːdənt) /

adjective

sarcastic or caustic
having the properties of a mordant
pungent

noun

a substance used before the application of a dye, possessing the ability to fix colours in textiles, leather, etcSee also lake 2 (def. 1)
an acid or other corrosive fluid used to etch lines on a printing plate

verb

(tr) to treat (a fabric, yarn, etc) with a mordant

Derived forms of mordant

mordancy, nounmordantly, adverb

Word Origin for mordant

C15: from Old French: biting, from mordre to bite, from Latin mordēre

British Dictionary definitions for mordant (2 of 2)

mordent
/ (ˈmɔːdənt) /

noun

music a melodic ornament consisting of the rapid alternation of a note with a note one degree lower than itAlso called: lower mordent

Word Origin for mordent

C19: from German, from Italian mordente, from mordere to bite
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Medical definitions for mordant

mordant
[ môrdnt ]

adj.

Serving to fix colors in dyeing.

n.

A reagent, such as tannic acid, that fixes dyes to cells, tissues, or other materials.

v.

To treat with a mordant.
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