borax

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1bo·rax

noun \ˈbr-ˌaks, -əks\

Definition of BORAX

:  a white crystalline compound that consists of a hydrated sodium borate Na2B4O7·10H2O, that occurs as a mineral or is prepared from other minerals, and that is used especially as a flux, cleansing agent, and water softener, as a preservative, and as a fireproofing agent

Origin of BORAX

Middle English boras, from Anglo-French boreis, from Medieval Latin borac-, borax, from Arabic būraq, from Persian būrah
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Chemical Engineering Terms

alkali, cation, decant, hygroscopic, isotope, oxidize, slurry, solute, viscous

2borax

noun

Definition of BORAX

:  cheap shoddy merchandise

Origin of BORAX

origin unknown
First Known Use: 1932

bo·rax

noun \ˈbō(ə)r-ˌaks, ˈb(ə)r-, -əks\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of BORAX

: a white crystalline compound that consists of a hydrated sodium borate Na2B4O7·10H2O, that occurs as a mineral or is prepared from other minerals, and that is used especially as a flux, cleansing agent, and water softener and as a preservative

borax

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Sodium tetraborate decahydrate (NaBO 10HO), a soft, light, colourless crystalline mineral used as a component of glass and pottery glazes in the ceramics industry, as a solvent for metal-oxide slags in metallurgy, as a flux in welding and soldering, and as a fertilizer additive, a soap supplement, a disinfectant, a mouthwash, and a water softener. About 50% of the world's supply comes from southern California deserts, including Death Valley.

Variants of BORAX

borax or tincal

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