elec·​tro·​lyze | \ i-ˈlek-trə-ˌlīz How to pronounce electrolyze (audio) \
electrolyzed; electrolyzing

Definition of electrolyze

transitive verb

: to subject to electrolysis

Examples of electrolyze in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Also, electric current running through the seawater would electrolyze it, producing a traceable trail of gas bubbles, particularly chlorine. Abe Dane, Popular Mechanics, "Remembering Jet Ships: The Futuristic 100-Knot Superboat That Never Was," 14 Jan. 2021 The bottle is charged for six minutes to electrolyze it, creating a solution that looks like water but is a mix of hypochlorous acid (a powerful disinfectant) and sodium hydroxide (which works as a detergent and cuts through grease). Janelle Nanos, BostonGlobe.com, "A Burlington startup lets you make your own nontoxic cleaners at home," 20 June 2019 Nikola said that the Nel Hydrogen system will electrolyze water to make hydrogen, rather than use natural gas reformation, for example. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Anheuser-Busch just bought 800 fuel cell Nikola trucks," 4 May 2018 Renewable energy (wind, solar, hydro) can be used to electrolyze water into hydrogen and oxygen, but that isn’t nearly as efficient as storing electricity in car batteries. John Gartner, WIRED, "Plug-In Hybrids Weaken the Case for Hydrogen Vehicles," 16 Apr. 2007

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First Known Use of electrolyze

1834, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of electrolyze was in 1834

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29 Jan 2021

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“Electrolyze.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/electrolyze. Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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transitive verb
variants: or British electrolyse \ i-​ˈlek-​trə-​ˌlīz How to pronounce electrolyze (audio) \
electrolyzed or British electrolysed; electrolyzing or British electrolysing

Medical Definition of electrolyze

: to subject to electrolysis

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