- to make neutral; cause to undergo neutralization.
- to make (something) ineffective; counteract; nullify: carelessness that neutralized our efforts.
- Military. to put out of action or make incapable of action: to neutralize an enemy position.
- to declare neutral; invest with neutrality in order to exempt from involvement during a war: to neutralize a city to prevent bombing.
- to add an acid to a basic solution or a base to an acidic solution until the resulting solution is chemically neutral (pH = 7).
- Electricity. to render electrically or magnetically neutral.
Origin of neutralize
Examples from the Web for neutralizer
The powerful chemical ingredients, which exist in the atmosphere on the sea-coast, act as a neutralizer to disease.Petals Plucked from Sunny Climes
Neutralizer washed over the metal surface, clearing away the poison.The Status Civilization
The strange planet half girdled and the severest tests passed flawlessly, Rodebush reached for his neutralizer switches.Triplanetary
Edward Elmer Smith
Miles flipped on the neutralizer switch of the paralo ray and leveled it at Tom.
He fired the neutralizer charge and Astro started to quiver at the shock of the release.
- (also intr) to render or become ineffective or neutral by counteracting, mixing, etc; nullify
- (also intr) to make or become electrically or chemically neutral
- to exclude (a country) from the sphere of warfare or alliances by international agreementthe great powers neutralized Belgium in the 19th century
- to render (an army) incapable of further military action
Word Origin and History for neutralizer
1734, "to render neutral" (in a chemical sense), from French neutraliser (17c.), from neutral (see neutral (adj.)). Meaning "to counterbalance, to kill by opposing" is from 1795. Related: Neutralized; neutralizing.
- To cause an acidic solution to become neutral by adding a base to it or to cause a basic solution to become neutral by adding an acid to it. Salt and water are usually formed in the process.