acidic

adjective
acid·​ic | \ ə-ˈsi-dik How to pronounce acidic (audio) , a-\

Definition of acidic

1 : acid-forming
2 : acid

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Examples of acidic in a Sentence

The soil in our garden is very acidic. the acidic water of a polluted lake

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That acidic water also removes many floating carbonate ions that organisms like mussels and clams use to build their sturdy shells. Katie Camero, Science | AAAS, "Ocean acidification could boost shell growth in marine life like snails and sea urchins," 23 July 2019 Baking powder leavens without an acidic ingredient, further expanding the home cook’s repertoire. Robin Mather, chicagotribune.com, "How to use summer’s bounty in quick breads that go sweet or savory," 16 July 2019 Turquoise, a semi-precious mineral, forms in rocks when phosphorous, aluminium and copper sulphide react in the presence of mildly acidic water. The Economist, "Buried metal artefacts gather stories on their surfaces," 4 July 2019 Some species can tolerate acidic waters better than others. National Geographic, "Acid rain, explained," 12 June 2019 Water near the vents is about as acidic as most of the ocean is predicted to be by the end of the century. Katie Camero, Science | AAAS, "Ocean acidification could boost shell growth in marine life like snails and sea urchins," 23 July 2019 How marinades offer this protection is unclear, but some research suggests the acidic nature of vinegar or citrus in the marinade may play a role. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "5 easy and tasty ways for safer grilling," 20 July 2019 Leirana comes from vineyards close to the sea, giving it a crisp acidic line and a saline quality that suggests shellfish and other seafood. Dave Mcintyre, Washington Post, "Double down on an $11 French rosé during this heat wave," 19 July 2019 Mixed with acidic soured milk or buttermilk that might otherwise have gone to waste, baking soda created a chemical reaction that made possible the gas bubbles that leaven these breads. Robin Mather, chicagotribune.com, "How to use summer’s bounty in quick breads that go sweet or savory," 16 July 2019

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First Known Use of acidic

1866, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for acidic

acid entry 1 + -ic entry 1

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The first known use of acidic was in 1866

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acidic

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of acidic

: having a very sour or sharp taste
: containing acid

acidic

adjective
acid·​ic | \ ə-ˈsid-ik, a- How to pronounce acidic (audio) \

Medical Definition of acidic

1 : acid-forming
2 : acid

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