bleaching powder

noun

Definition of bleaching powder

: a white powder consisting chiefly of calcium hydroxide, calcium chloride, and calcium hypochlorite and used as a bleach, disinfectant, or deodorant

Examples of bleaching powder in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Remove Bathroom Stains with Bleach Use a bleaching powder for cleaning stains on the sink or countertop. Megan Boettcher, Better Homes & Gardens, 4 Aug. 2022 Mix a tablespoon bleaching powder with 1 gallon warm water and stir to dissolve. Megan Boettcher, Better Homes & Gardens, 4 Aug. 2022 The steamship England, which cleared from Queenstown on January 12th, with 200 passengers on board, was obliged to put back to harbor in consequence of the breaking, during a heavy storm, of a number of barrels of bleaching powder in the hold. Dan Schlenoff, Scientific American, 26 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of bleaching powder

1805, in the meaning defined above

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Last Updated

25 Aug 2022

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“Bleaching powder.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bleaching%20powder. Accessed 6 Oct. 2022.

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bleaching powder

noun
bleach·​ing powder | \ ˌblē-chiŋ- How to pronounce bleaching powder (audio) \

Medical Definition of bleaching powder

: a white powder consisting chiefly of calcium hydroxide, calcium chloride, and calcium hypochlorite used as a bleach, disinfectant, or deodorant

called also chloride of lime, chlorinated lime

More from Merriam-Webster on bleaching powder

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about bleaching powder

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