emulsion

noun
emul·​sion | \ i-ˈməl-shən How to pronounce emulsion (audio) \

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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Yes, waters, emulsions, and refiners all serve their own purpose. Taylore Glynn, Harper's BAZAAR, "Eight Skin-Transforming Secrets from a Korean Facialist," 22 Aug. 2019 Butter is an emulsion of fat, water, and milk solids. Alex Delany, Bon Appétit, "What Is Clarified Butter, the Liquid Gold We’d Drink Straight?," 6 Aug. 2019 To begin, Wu covers dozens of sheets of xuan (rice) paper, roughly 4 by 8 feet, with an emulsion made from iron compounds that turn deep blue after being exposed to sunlight. Laura Mallonee, WIRED, "You Can't Photoshop This Mountain," 29 July 2019 The essay was a historical inquiry, inspecting lens development and film-emulsion technology, and was written in the first person. Anna Wiener, The New Yorker, "The Lonely Work of Moderating Hacker News," 8 Aug. 2019 Served with crispy plantain chips to absorb the delicious citrus emulsion beneath it. Christina Tkacik, baltimoresun.com, "A fun, millennial vibe and tasty fare at Ouzo Beach," 18 July 2019 The egg, oil, and vinegar emulsion is a symbol not only for blandness, but for whiteness and all its attendant cultural appropriation and entitlement. Emily Dreyfuss, WIRED, "In Defense of Mayonnaise," 4 July 2019 Tender braised lamb belly is contrasted by a light citrus and olive salad, dressed with an emulsion of simple lettuce and olive oil. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "The best restaurants in Scottsdale and Paradise Valley," 1 July 2019 In addition, Masoni says that the vinegar probably changes the emulsion of the batter, lifting the gluten bombs out of the realm of bread and cake and transforming them into something more related to a velvety, jiggly custard. Nicole Clausing, Sunset, "Japanese Pancakes Are the New, Highly Instagrammable Treat in Town," 22 Jan. 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

technical
: 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 How to pronounce emulsion (audio) \

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 How to pronounce emulsion (audio) \

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 How to pronounce emulsive (audio) \ adjective

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