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 saponify
Caustic soda is then added to saponify the fat not converted by the lime saponification.
In any method it is necessary to saponify or emulsify the grease on the grain, or difficulties occur in dyeing and finishing.Animal Proteins|Hugh Garner Bennett
This oil closely resembles cocoa-nut and palm-nut oils and is stated to saponify readily and yield a soap free from odour.The Handbook of Soap Manufacture|W. H. Simmons
First saponify 100 parts house grease and 100 parts ordinary grease and make a run soap.
But to simplify the operation, he preferred to saponify the fat by means of lime.The Mysterious Island|Jules Verne
British Dictionary definitions for saponify
verb -fies, -fying or -fied chem
Word Origin for saponify
Word Origin and History for saponify
1821, from French saponifier (see saponification). Related: Saponified; saponifying.