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.
Origin of saponify
Examples from the Web for saponify
Historical Examples of saponify
Next to olive oil, this species is the most easy to saponify.
But to simplify the operation, he preferred to saponify the fat by means of lime.The Mysterious Island
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
Caustic soda is then added to saponify the fat not converted by the lime saponification.
First saponify 100 parts house grease and 100 parts ordinary grease and make a run soap.
verb -fies, -fying or -fied chem
Word Origin for saponify
1821, from French saponifier (see saponification). Related: Saponified; saponifying.