dispersant

noun
dis·​per·​sant | \ di-ˈspər-sənt How to pronounce dispersant (audio) \

Definition of dispersant

: a dispersing agent especially : a substance for promoting the formation and stabilization of a dispersion of one substance in another

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dispersant adjective

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Too much of a specific dispersant could affect catalyst performance and reduce fuel economy. Paul Weissler, Popular Mechanics, "How to Pick the Right Motor Oil for Your Car," 14 Feb. 2019 Other studies indicate that dispersants harmed fish, crab and other marine life. Tristan Baurick, NOLA.com, "Dispersants used in BP disaster hampered growth of oil-eating bacteria," 15 Feb. 2018 The public comment period on dispersants ended April 22, 2015, Siddoway said in a telephone interview. Janet Mcconnaughey, The Seattle Times, "Groups: EPA has dragged heels on oil dispersant rules," 25 Mar. 2019 Too much of a specific dispersant could affect catalyst performance and reduce fuel economy. Paul Weissler, Popular Mechanics, "How to Pick the Right Motor Oil for Your Car," 14 Feb. 2019 Too much of a specific dispersant could affect catalyst performance and reduce fuel economy. Paul Weissler, Popular Mechanics, "How to Pick the Right Motor Oil for Your Car," 14 Feb. 2019 To break down the oil faster, 700,000 gallons of a chemical dispersant were injected right above the wellhead. Joanna Klein, New York Times, "This Coral Must Die," 25 June 2018 The simulation found that the dispersants would not have achieved even minimum effectiveness. Tristan Baurick, NOLA.com, "Sunlight weakens chemical dispersants used to cleanup oil spills, research shows," 25 Apr. 2018 Four years later came the Deepwater Horizon oil rig disaster and BP’s decision to throw 1.84 million gallons of the commercial dispersant Corexit at the spill. Christina Procopiou, Newsweek, "Cactus Guts Could Rid Water of Toxins," 13 Mar. 2016

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First Known Use of dispersant

1941, in the meaning defined above

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