Definition of chlorine
: a halogen element that is isolated as a heavy greenish-yellow diatomic gas of pungent odor and is used especially as a bleach, oxidizing agent, and disinfectant in water purification — see element table
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The sprawling complex looks like a lodge inside, with the smell of roasting wood and a hint of chlorine.
Syria has been accused of using chemical weapons, including chlorine gas and much-deadlier nerve agents, during the conflict.
The micronutrients (or trace elements) are used in very tiny amounts and include boron, chlorine, copper, iron, manganese, molybdenum and zinc.
Then, inspectors said there was no chlorine in the water, algae and mildew were growing on pool walls and the operator had not been keeping up with daily logs that show routine chemical and main drain checks.
As a result, the cycling of water, CO2, chlorine, sulfur and silicate material between the mantle , crust, oceans and atmosphere in subduction zones can be examined and all stages of back-arc development are present in the IBM as a whole.
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Definition of chlorine for English Language Learners
: a chemical that in its natural form is a greenish-yellow gas and has a strong smell
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Definition of chlorine for Students
: a chemical element that is a greenish yellow irritating gas of strong odor used as a bleach and as a disinfectant to purify water
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