sulfuric

adjective

sul·​fu·​ric ˌsəl-ˈfyu̇r-ik How to pronounce sulfuric (audio)
variants or chiefly British sulphuric
: of, relating to, or containing sulfur especially with a higher valence than sulfurous compounds
sulfuric esters

Examples of sulfuric in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There’s a late sweetness that lingers and a vaguely sulfuric smell, like bathing in an actual hot spring. Lucas Kwan Peterson, Los Angeles Times, 29 June 2023 This video is currently not available The most active volcano in the Philippines, Mount Mayon, is spewing lava and sulfuric gas, raising fears of an explosion and prompting thousands of residents to flee. Naomi Schanen, Washington Post, 12 June 2023 Indian Springs State Park For centuries, Muscogee Creek Native Americans used the sulfuric water from regional springs here for its healing properties. Carrie Dennis, Travel + Leisure, 13 May 2023 My sister is sulfuric with hate. Christian Wiman, Harper’s Magazine , 14 Dec. 2022 The vivid electric-blue color of flows down the side of Indonesian volcano Kawah Ijen is actually caused by sulfuric gas released at the same time as plain-old basaltic lava. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, 24 Nov. 2015 Globally, those 95 Mt of sulfuric dioxide reacted with atmospheric water to form 200 Mt of sulfuric acid aerosols. Erik Klemetti, Discover Magazine, 7 June 2013 Eventually Hyatt began playing around with cellulose nitrate—cotton treated with nitric and sulfuric acids—at his own peril, given that the compound was extremely flammable. Matt Simon, WIRED, 27 Oct. 2022 The Times obtained a copy of the threat sent from an individual who identified as a white, male, neo-Nazi fascist who alleges to have planted three titanium nitrite sulfuric bombs around the eastern and northern parts of campus. Los Angeles Times, 12 Jan. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1788, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sulfuric was in 1788

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“Sulfuric.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sulfuric. Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

sulfuric

adjective
sul·​fu·​ric ˌsəl-ˈfyu̇(ə)r-ik How to pronounce sulfuric (audio)
: of, relating to, or containing sulfur

Medical Definition

sulfuric

adjective
sul·​fu·​ric
variants or chiefly British sulphuric
: of, relating to, or containing sulfur especially with a higher valence than sulfurous compounds
sulfuric esters
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