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
Recent Examples on the Web Through Sunday, Cedric Vongerichten of Wayan will serve peekytoe crab with uni, green chile emulsion and lime powder in a nori shell. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "15 East at Tocqueville," 6 Oct. 2020 Other new dishes may include polenta served with port and brandy-marinated foie gras emulsion and robust seafood offerings. Lauren Saria, The Arizona Republic, "This Food Network star is taking over Italian steakhouse The Americano in north Scottsdale," 29 Sep. 2020 The ingredients are then blended to create a smooth emulsion. TheWeek, "Spanish chilled tomato soup is half the work of gazpacho, with all the flavor," 16 Aug. 2020 One of the hottest days of summer was tamed with every spoonful of gazpacho, a rich emulsion of tomatoes, bread and olive oil with a flicker of chile heat. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "When the going gets tough, these French restaurants offer a dose of civility," 10 July 2020 There has never and will never be an emulsion [sic] board that plugs into a Donkey Kong machine. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Guinness reinstates Billy Mitchell’s Donkey Kong, Pac-Man records [Updated]," 18 June 2020 At room temperature, cheeses like cheddar or Monterey Jack are a stable emulsion of dairy fat and water, held together by a protein network. Sarah Jampel, Bon Appétit, "The Melted Cheese Problem™," 28 Jan. 2020 Both are emulsions of oil and water, which just means that the two incompatible liquids are brought together with the help of a third party stabilizer to create something thicker, creamier, and richer than before. Bon Appétit, "I Cook for a Living and Even I Make Aioli From Store-Bought Mayo," 21 Nov. 2019 Fish emulsion and compost tea are great organic fertilizer boosts for the plants throughout the season, along with worm castings (worm poop!). Joan Elovitz Kazan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "We challenged local chefs to create 6-ingredient tomato recipes. Here's what they came up with.," 20 Aug. 2019

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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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The first known use of emulsion was in 1612

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19 Oct 2020

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“Emulsion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emulsion. Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for emulsion

emulsion

noun
How to pronounce emulsion (audio)

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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