mercerize

verb
mer·​cer·​ize | \ ˈmər-sə-ˌrīz How to pronounce mercerize (audio) \
mercerized; mercerizing

Definition of mercerize

transitive verb

: to give (a material, such as cotton yarn) luster, strength, and receptiveness to dyes by treatment under tension with caustic soda

Other Words from mercerize

mercerization \ ˌmərs-​rə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce mercerization (audio) , ˌmər-​sə-​ \ noun

First Known Use of mercerize

1852, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mercerize

John Mercer †1866 English calico printer

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