chlorine

noun
chlo·​rine | \ ˈklȯr-ˌēn How to pronounce chlorine (audio) , -ən \

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 Chemical Elements Table

Examples of chlorine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Crews tried scrubbing the mollusks off equipment, power washing them off boats and deploying chlorine and UV lights to prevent them from settling in pipes. Lindsey Botts, The Arizona Republic, 25 Apr. 2022 Just like the one-pieces, Spanx's bikinis are all made from that durable double-layer fabric that has built-in sun protection, not to mention is chlorine and salt-water resistant, too. Eva Thomas, PEOPLE.com, 13 Apr. 2022 Other chemicals, such as chlorine and some riot-control gases, often dissipate within hours and are harder to detect. Washington Post, 12 Apr. 2022 There are 10 manufacturing plants in the United States that still use asbestos to make chlorine and sodium hydroxide, but EPA officials said their reliance on this technology has declined over time. Anna Phillips, Anchorage Daily News, 5 Apr. 2022 Be sure to let the soaking water sit for 24 hours or so before adding the paper to allow chlorine and other chemicals in the water to dissipate. Los Angeles Times, 24 Mar. 2022 That year, the city also stopped using chlorine to control algae at the pool. James Gaines, Wired, 12 Feb. 2022 The hole in the Southern Hemisphere is typically caused by chemicals, such as chlorine and bromine migrating into the stratosphere, creating catalytic reactions during Antarctic winter. Jeevan Ravindran, CNN, 16 Sep. 2021 Or, if your hair and scalp already feel the effects of drying chlorine and ocean water, Odele's new shampoo for eczema-prone skin may be a soothing solution. Nykia Spradley, Allure, 1 July 2021 See More

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First Known Use of chlorine

1810, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of chlorine was in 1810

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Last Updated

12 May 2022

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“Chlorine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chlorine. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for chlorine

chlorine

noun
chlo·​rine | \ ˈklȯr-ˌēn How to pronounce chlorine (audio) , -ən \

Kids Definition of chlorine

: a chemical element that is a greenish yellow irritating gas of strong odor used as a bleach and as a disinfectant to purify water

chlorine

noun
chlo·​rine | \ ˈklō(ə)r-ˌēn, ˈklȯ(ə)r-, -ən How to pronounce chlorine (audio) \

Medical Definition of chlorine

: a halogen element that is isolated as a heavy greenish yellow gas of pungent odor and is used especially as a bleach, oxidizing agent, and disinfectant in water purification symbol Cl — see Chemical Elements Table

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