oxidation

noun
ox·​i·​da·​tion | \ ˌäk-sə-ˈdā-shən How to pronounce oxidation (audio) \

Definition of oxidation

1 : the act or process of oxidizing
2 : the state or result of being oxidized

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Other Words from oxidation

oxidative \ ˈäk-​sə-​ˌdā-​tiv How to pronounce oxidative (audio) \ adjective
oxidatively adverb

Examples of oxidation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Fortunately, spring is a time of rote tasks and minimal activity — topping off barrels as the wines mature, for example, to prevent oxidation. Eric Asimov, New York Times, "The Tricky Dance of Sharing a Winery in the Pandemic Era," 30 Apr. 2020 Store off-season tires in a cool, dry area out of the sun, and consider wrapping them in black plastic bags to reduce oxidation. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "All-Season Tires: Can They Really Handle Winter Weather?," 28 Jan. 2019 Color-extending shampoo and conditioners like his Cleanse and Soften are gentle enough to preserve color while battling oxidation, a process that can cause color to change or fade over time. Patricia Shannon, Southern Living, "Before You Add That Hair Dye to Your Cart, Jennifer Aniston’s Colorist Has One Piece of Advice—Hold Out," 5 Apr. 2020 The admiralty-style anchor, commonly used between the time of the Civil War to World War II, is heavily striated – time and oxidation have given it the appearance of driftwood, despite being made of metal. USA TODAY, "Jornada del Muerto, Livestrong rebrand, Mach 8 tunnel: News from around our 50 states," 12 Feb. 2020 Goodyear hasn’t made the all-important compound, and getting it to work as described would be complex, especially the bit about hardening with oxidation. Eric Adams, Wired, "Goodyear's Concept Tire Regenerates Burned-Off Rubber," 7 Mar. 2020 The admiralty style anchor, commonly used between the Civil War and World War II, is heavily striated — time and oxidation have given it the appearance of driftwood. Author: Sam Allen, Anchorage Daily News, "Dredging near Ketchikan reveals big anchor that could be a century old," 10 Feb. 2020 Blackheads are not caused by dirt blocking the pores, but rather by oxidation (a chemical reaction that occurs when the oil reacts with oxygen in the air). NBC News, "The best treatments for teen acne, according to dermatologists," 14 Feb. 2020 Corn requires sub-irrigation, meaning it is watered at the root level, and that causes the oxidation that damages the soil. Peter Fimrite, San Francisco Chronicle, "The delta’s sinking islands," 12 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of oxidation

1745, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for oxidation

French, from oxider, oxyder to oxidize, from oxide

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The first known use of oxidation was in 1745

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28 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Oxidation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oxidation. Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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More Definitions for oxidation

oxidation

noun
ox·​i·​da·​tion | \ ˌäk-sə-ˈdā-shən How to pronounce oxidation (audio) \

Kids Definition of oxidation

: the process of oxidizing

oxidation

noun
ox·​i·​da·​tion | \ ˌäk-sə-ˈdā-shən How to pronounce oxidation (audio) \

Medical Definition of oxidation

1 : the act or process of oxidizing
2 : the state or result of being oxidized

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