sugar

noun
sug·ar | \ˈshu̇-gər \

Definition of sugar 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a sweet crystallizable material that consists wholly or essentially of sucrose, is colorless or white when pure tending to brown when less refined, is obtained commercially from sugarcane or sugar beet and less extensively from sorghum, maples, and palms, and is important as a source of dietary carbohydrate and as a sweetener and preservative of other foods

b : any of various water-soluble compounds that vary widely in sweetness, include the monosaccharides and oligosaccharides, and typically are optically active

2 : a unit (such as a spoonful, cube, or lump) of sugar

3 : a sugar bowl

sugar

verb
sugared; sugaring\ˈshu̇-g(ə-)riŋ \

Definition of sugar (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to make palatable or attractive : sweeten a story sugared with romance

2 : to sprinkle or mix with sugar

intransitive verb

1 : to form or be converted into sugar

2 : to become granular

3 : to make maple syrup or maple sugar

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Other Words from sugar

Noun

sugarless \ˈshu̇-gər-ləs \ adjective

Examples of sugar in a Sentence

Noun

Would you pass the sugar, please? Do you take sugar in your coffee? Coffee with two sugars and milk, please.

Verb

The clean fruit is then dried and sugared. They've been sugaring since they were children.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In a session for developers, Apple engineers suggested Create ML could teach software to detect whether online comments are happy or angry, or predict the quality of wine from characteristics like acidity and sugar content. Tom Simonite, WIRED, "Apple's Plans to Bring Artificial Intelligence to Your Phone," 6 June 2018 These spots start out white and change color as the melon’s sugar content increases. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "How to Pick the Perfect Melon," 3 June 2018 Foods with tougher skins and lower sugar contents (potatoes, cabbages) can withstand direct contact with embers. Todd Plummer, Vogue, "The Right Way to Burn Food, According to the Chefs Who Do It Best," 26 May 2018 The restaurant's name is a reference to wine's sugar content, by the way. Marc Bona, cleveland.com, "35 Brix: Northeast Ohio's best weekend brunches, breakfasts," 14 Apr. 2018 Spoon a bunch of sweet and tart apple pie filling on top, drizzled it with caramel sauce and go generous with the cinnamon sugar topping. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "Insane new Indiana State Fair foods that will complete your summer," 9 July 2018 Brushing with milk will lend color to the crust, as the sugars in the milk help to brown it. Noelle Carter, charlotteobserver, "Grilling burgers this summer? Up your game with these homemade bun recipes," 6 July 2018 Beat the cream cheese, whipped cream, powdered sugar and vanilla in a bowl with a hand mixer until fluffy. Jennifer Mcclellan, USA TODAY, "6 colorful July 4th recipes to make your party sparkle," 3 July 2018 The reason for the sugars overload is the high fruit-to-veggie ratio. Consumer Reports, Washington Post, "That juice may be green, but it’s not as healthy as you think," 25 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Avelar sat on a stool by her side, a sugared donut between her fingers. Alice Driver, Longreads, "The Road to Asylum," 30 June 2018 When ready to serve cheesecake, remove side of pan. Garnish with sugared cranberries. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Our Favorite Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe," 17 Mar. 2015 Admission, $15 adults, $10 children 3-12, provides breakfast, tour of sugaring operation, views of glassblowing, blacksmithing, pottery and spinning and weaving until 4 p.m. 2686 Oak Hill Road, Bath, 44210; 330-666-3711. Debbi Snook, cleveland.com, "Where to find real maple syrup pancake breakfasts and trips to the sugarbush (photos)," 7 Mar. 2018 The kids were thrilled and sugared up, filling baskets with chocolate bunnies and plastic eggs—and, for the first time in their lives, Peeps. Jason Gay, WSJ, "There’s No Such Thing as Free Baseball. Or is There?," 2 Apr. 2018 There was also a chance to meet and pet an assortment of donkeys and draft horses of the types historically used to transport maple sap across farmers' fields during sugaring season. Janice Steinhagen, Courant Community, "Taste Of Maple Draws A Crowd To Blue Slope," 21 Mar. 2018 The free event will teach tree biology and identification, why sap flows, tapping, collecting methods, sugarbush management, producing the finished product, canning and packaging, as well as local sugaring history. cleveland.com, "How sweet is thy weekend, Valentine? Let me count three ways (photos)," 7 Feb. 2018 The possible impact of a meat tax could be similar to sugar taxes. Fortune, "Enjoy Your Cheap Burgers Now Because a 'Meat Tax' Could Be on the Way," 11 Dec. 2017 Carefully add chops sugared side down and cook, gently shaking skillet occasionally but not disturbing pork, until underside is caramelized and chops are deeply browned all over, about 5 minutes. Claire Saffitz, Bon Appetit, "Juicy Pan-Seared Pork Chops with Citrus Dressing," 19 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of sugar

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for sugar

Noun

Middle English sugre, sucre, from Anglo-French sucre, from Medieval Latin zuccarum, from Old Italian zucchero, from Arabic sukkar, from Persian shakar, ultimately from Sanskrit śarkarā; akin to Sanskrit śarkara pebble — more at crocodile

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sugar

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sugar

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a sweet substance usually in the form of white or brown crystals or white powder that comes from plants and is used to make foods sweeter

: the amount of sugar in one spoonful, lump, packet, etc.

: any one of various substances that are found in plants and that your body uses or stores for energy

sugar

verb

English Language Learners Definition of sugar (Entry 2 of 2)

: to put sugar on or in (something)

: to make maple syrup or maple sugar by boiling sap from maple trees

sugar

noun
sug·ar | \ˈshu̇-gər \

Kids Definition of sugar

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a sweet material that consists essentially of sucrose obtained from sugarcane or sugar beets, is typically colorless or white when pure, and is commonly used to sweeten foods and beverages

2 : any of numerous soluble and usually sweet carbohydrates (as glucose or sucrose) that occur naturally especially in plants

sugar

verb
sugared; sugaring

Kids Definition of sugar (Entry 2 of 2)

: to mix, cover, or sprinkle with sugar The baker sugared the doughnuts.

sugar

noun
sug·ar | \ˈshu̇g-ər \

Medical Definition of sugar 

1 : a sweet crystallizable substance that consists chiefly of sucrose, is colorless or white when pure and tending to brown when less refined, is obtained commercially from sugarcane or sugar beet and less extensively from sorghum, maples, and palms, and is important as a source of dietary carbohydrate and as a sweetener and preservative for other foods and for drugs and in the chemical industry as an intermediate

2 : any of various water-soluble compounds that vary widely in sweetness and comprise the oligosaccharides including sucrose

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