acidity

noun

acid·​i·​ty ə-ˈsi-də-tē How to pronounce acidity (audio)
a-
plural acidities
1
: the quality, state, or degree of being acid
2
: the state of being excessively acid

Example Sentences

detected a certain acidity in the way he responded the acidity of their relationship was well known to their mutual acquaintances
Recent Examples on the Web All that fruitiness is grounded in a soft but focused acidity leading to a long, satisfying finish. Dave Mcintyre, Washington Post, 26 Jan. 2023 Merlot needs acid and this example had high natural acidity from a vintage whose weather was freezing by mid-October. John Mariani, Forbes, 26 Jan. 2023 The natural kind of like acidity and sharpness of Natasha’s personality, combined with a character who has a genuinely sunny outlook ... Alicia Rancilio, ajc, 23 Jan. 2023 What caught my attention about this Pinot Noir was its fresh, elegant style and bright acidity. Peg San Felippo, Sun Sentinel, 19 Jan. 2023 Due to its high acidity Riesling can age for surprisingly long times; single vineyard versions from Alsace are highly coveted by connoisseurs and collectors alike. Mike Desimone And Jeff Jenssen, Robb Report, 17 Jan. 2023 The brown-butter lemon sauce for trout amandine has the right proportions of silkiness and acidity. Los Angeles Times, 12 Jan. 2023 The chemistry of these microdroplet interfaces is dominated by large electric fields, partial solvation where molecules are partially surrounded by water, highly reactive molecules and very high acidity. Nicolás M. Morato, Discover Magazine, 22 Nov. 2022 The whey has a great acidity and is full of protein. Farokh Talati, Bon Appétit, 9 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1615, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of acidity was in 1615

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Cite this Entry

“Acidity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/acidity. Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

acidity

noun
acid·​i·​ty ə-ˈsid-ət-ē How to pronounce acidity (audio)
a-
plural acidities
1
: the quality, state, or degree of being acid
2
: the state of being extremely acid

Medical Definition

acidity

noun
acid·​i·​ty ə-ˈsid-ət-ē, a- How to pronounce acidity (audio)
plural acidities
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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