acidity

noun
acid·​i·​ty | \ ə-ˈsi-də-tē, a-\
plural acidities

Definition of acidity

1 : the quality, state, or degree of being acid
2 : the state of being excessively acid

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Examples of acidity in a Sentence

detected a certain acidity in the way he responded the acidity of their relationship was well known to their mutual acquaintances

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There wasn’t much in the way of fruit, nor was there a hint of acidity, which would have brightened the flavors and balanced the wine. Alan Goldfarb, The Verge, "Artificial whiskey is coming, and one company is betting you’ll drink up," 23 Aug. 2018 Cabernet Francs from those places are also particularly good with food thanks to a harmonious balance between acidity and fruit. Lettie Teague, WSJ, "The Wines We’ll Be Drinking in 2019," 19 Dec. 2018 Anything with a lot of acidity, sugar, or salt does not need to be refrigerated. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "Here's How You Should Actually Store Condiments," 9 Oct. 2018 Barbaresco marked by lush fruit and bright acidity. Lettie Teague, WSJ, "This Elegant Italian Red Wine Is Easy to Love," 11 Dec. 2018 The slight tannin that comes from contact with the skins lends some structure, whereas the high acidity cuts through the richness of those fuller dishes. Kristin Tice Studeman, Vogue, "The Best Wine for Every Thanksgiving Scenario," 19 Nov. 2018 That additional acidity can leach calcium from the corals, making them brittle and unable to grow. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "How Things Got So Bad for the Great Barrier Reef," 25 Oct. 2018 The weekly testing is part of an unprecedented Alaska-Canada collaboration to learn how increasing ocean acidity affects regional fisheries. Laine Welch, Anchorage Daily News, "For Alaska sockeye salmon, record highs in Bristol Bay, record lows nearly everywhere else," 9 July 2018 These vineyards optimize Lake Michigan’s moderating effects, which extend the growing season and translate to slower grape ripening and acidity retention. Michael Austin, chicagotribune.com, "Explore Michigan's diverse wine scene, one of the country's most exciting developing regions," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of acidity

1615, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for acidity

borrowed from French & Late Latin; French acidité, going back to Middle French, borrowed from Late Latin aciditāt-, aciditās, from Latin acidus "sour, acid entry 2" + -itāt-, -itās -ity

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More Definitions for acidity

acidity

noun
acid·​i·​ty | \ ə-ˈsi-də-tē \
plural acidities

Kids Definition of acidity

: the quality, state, or degree of being acid

acidity

noun
acid·​i·​ty | \ ə-ˈsid-ət-ē, a- \
plural acidities

Medical Definition of acidity

1 : the quality, state, or degree of being sour or chemically acid the acidity of lemon juice
2 : the quality or state of being excessively or abnormally acid : hyperacidity

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