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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Over the course of weeks, the chemicals, algae and mold in the water interacted with the photographs, changing their color in some spots and lifting pieces of gelatin emulsion—which carries the image—off the paper. Susan Delson, WSJ, "In Denver, Landscapes Soaked, Digitized and Irradiated," 8 June 2018 Drench the soil with a solution of fish emulsion every month or so, or dilute it heavily and mist foliage lightly. Beth Hanson, Good Housekeeping, "Grow Healthier Crops Using These Natural Nitrogen Sources," 24 Aug. 2015 Whisking constantly, slowly add the olive oil to make an emulsion. House Beautiful, "Ina Garten's Greek Panzanella Recipe," 28 Aug. 2010 Fertilize them by watering with diluted fish emulsion, seaweed extract, or compost tea. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About Container Gardening," 13 Aug. 2018 Pour over white chocolate, and stir gently to form smooth emulsion. 3. Bethany Jean Clement, The Seattle Times, "How to make the best banana cream pie ever," 4 Dec. 2018 Fertilize them by watering with diluted fish emulsion, seaweed extract, or compost tea. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About Container Gardening," 13 Aug. 2018 For instance, the crispy calamari appetizer comes with ginger-yuzu emulsion and the chicken schnitzel is served with miso mustard. Jennifer Bradley Franklin, Condé Nast Traveler, "10 Best Brunch Places in Atlanta," 21 Aug. 2018 After displaying it at the Stillwater Harvest Fest in Minnesota, Stevens credited a combination of sunshine, rain, cow manure, fish emulsion and seaweed for the oversize gourd. Olivia Putnal, Woman's Day, "10 Larger-Than-Life Thanksgiving Staples," 16 Nov. 2010

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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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