emulsion

noun
emul·​sion | \i-ˈməl-shən \

Definition of emulsion 

1a : a system (such as fat in milk) consisting of a liquid dispersed with or without an emulsifier in an immiscible liquid usually in droplets of larger than colloidal size

b : the state of such a system

2 : suspension sense 2b(3) especially : a suspension of a sensitive silver salt or a mixture of silver halides in a viscous medium (such as a gelatin solution) forming a coating on photographic plates, film, or paper

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Examples of emulsion in a Sentence

milk is basically an oil-in-water emulsion

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When the butter has melted and is bubbling, pour it slowly into the food processor, with the processor running, until an emulsion forms. Alex Hitz, House Beautiful, "Perfect Poached Salmon with Béarnaise Sauce," 21 Nov. 2014 Hollinger took Polaroids of trees, boiled the prints (sure, why not?) and put about a dozen of the distressed emulsions in a vitrine. Mark Feeney, BostonGlobe.com, "Making art of root and branch, trunk and leaf in “Trees II”," 21 June 2018 Fertilize them by watering with diluted fish emulsion, seaweed extract, or compost tea. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need To Know About Container Gardening," 1 June 2017 Some of the uses include gypsum board, brick manufacturing and emulsions. Katherine Feser, Houston Chronicle, "Plaza Group acquires line of business from Truth Industries," 12 July 2018 Shutters were too slow, film emulsions too insensitive, to capture the motion of water and clouds, much less its hues. Richard B. Woodward, WSJ, "‘Winslow Homer and the Camera: Photography and the Art of Painting’ Review: An Unclear Creative Influence," 4 July 2018 Whisk in some extra-virgin olive oil to form an emulsion. James P. Dewan, chicagotribune.com, "5 flavor-packed sauces to pair with Fourth of July grilled steaks," 26 June 2018 Turning eggs and oil into an emulsion — that creamy, satisfying third thing — feels like magic. Samin Nosrat, New York Times, "A Green Goddess Dressing for When Speed Matters," 24 Apr. 2018 By leaving the grinder in the walk-in refrigerator, Kapur ensures that even the friction of grinding can’t melt the fat and risk the emulsion breaking. Ali Bouzari, SFChronicle.com, "Housemade: The magic of Liholiho Yacht Club," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of emulsion

1612, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for emulsion

New Latin emulsion-, emulsio, from Latin emulgēre to milk out, from e- + mulgēre to milk; akin to Old English melcan to milk, Greek amelgein

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emulsion

noun

English Language Learners Definition of emulsion

: a mixture of liquids

: a thin coating on photographic film or paper that contains chemicals which are sensitive to light

emulsion

noun
emul·​sion | \i-ˈməl-shən \

Kids Definition of emulsion

: two liquids mixed together so that tiny drops of one liquid are scattered throughout the other

emulsion

noun
emul·​sion | \i-ˈməl-shən \

Medical Definition of emulsion 

1a : a system (as fat in milk) consisting of a liquid dispersed with or without an emulsifier in an immiscible liquid usually in droplets of larger than colloidal size

b : the state of such a system

2 : suspension sense 2 especially : a suspension of a sensitive silver salt or a mixture of halides of silver in a viscous medium (as a gelatin solution) forming a coating on photographic plates, film, or paper

Other Words from emulsion

emulsive \-​ˈməl-​siv \ adjective

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