[ sohp ]
/ soʊp /
a substance used for washing and cleansing purposes, usually made by treating a fat with an alkali, as sodium or potassium hydroxide, and consisting chiefly of the sodium or potassium salts of the acids contained in the fat.
any metallic salt of an acid derived from a fat.
Slang. money, especially as used for bribery in politics.
verb (used with object)
to rub, cover, lather, or treat with soap.
Words nearby soap
Idioms for soap
no soap, Informal. no go: He wanted me to vote for him, but I told him no soap.
Origin of soap
before 1000; Middle English sope, Old English sāpe, cognate with German Seife, Dutch zeep, all < West Germanic (perhaps ≫ Latin sāpō; cf. saponify)
OTHER WORDS FROM soapsoap·less, adjectivesoap·like, adjectiveo·ver·soap, verb (used with object)un·soaped, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for soapless
/ (səʊp) /
a cleaning or emulsifying agent made by reacting animal or vegetable fats or oils with potassium or sodium hydroxide. Soaps often contain colouring matter and perfume and act by emulsifying grease and lowering the surface tension of water, so that it more readily penetrates open materials such as textilesSee also detergent Related adjective: saponaceous
any metallic salt of a fatty acid, such as palmitic or stearic acidSee also metallic soap
slang flattery or persuasive talk (esp in the phrase soft soap)
informal short for soap opera
US and Canadian slang money, esp for bribery
no soap US and Canadian slang not possible or successful
(tr) to apply soap to
(tr often foll by up) slang
- to flatter or talk persuasively to
- US and Canadian to bribe
Derived forms of soapsoapless, adjectivesoaplike, adjective
Word Origin for soap
Old English sāpe; related to Old High German seipfa, Old French savon, Latin sāpō
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Medical definitions for soapless
[ sōp ]
A cleansing agent that is made from a mixture of the sodium salts of various fatty acids of natural oils and fats.
A metallic salt of a fatty acid, as of aluminum or iron.
Other words from soapsoap v.
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Scientific definitions for soapless
[ sōp ]
A substance used for washing or cleaning, consisting of a mixture of sodium or potassium salts of naturally occurring fatty acids. Like detergents, soaps work by surrounding particles of grease or dirt with their molecules, thereby allowing them to be carried away. Unlike detergents, soaps react with the minerals common in most water, forming an insoluble film that remains on fabrics. For this reason soap is not as efficient a cleaner as most detergents. The film is also what causes rings to form in bathtubs. Compare detergent.
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Idioms and Phrases with soapless
In addition to the idiom beginning with soap
- soap opera
- no dice (soap)
- on one's soapbox
- soft soap
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