verb (used with object), sa·pon·i·fied, sa·pon·i·fy·ing.
verb (used without object), sa·pon·i·fied, sa·pon·i·fy·ing.
Examples from the Web for saponification
When the quantities have been added, steam is admitted and saponification proceeds.
When the kettle is boiling up well, shut off the steam and the saponification will complete itself.
Prepared from palmitin (see next article), by saponification, as stearic acid is prepared from stearin.Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II|Arnold Cooley
The saponification and finishing is carried out as with a full boiled soap.
As soon as saponification is complete, the brine and carbonate of soda solution are added, and the pan allowed to rest.