from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act or process of neutralizing.
- n. The state or quality of being neutralized.
- n. Chemistry A reaction between an acid and a base that yields a salt and water.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The act of neutralizing.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act or process of neutralizing, or the state of being neutralized.
- n. The act or process by which an acid and a base are combined in such proportions that the resulting compound is neutral. See Neutral, a., 4.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of neutralizing; specifically, in chem., the process by which an acid and a base are so combined that the resulting compound has neither acid nor basic properties.
- n. An act of one or more nations imposing upon one of their number or upon another state a condition of permanent neutrality by ordaining that it shall not take part in any war into which the others may enter, in consideration for which its freedom from attack is usually guaranteed, as in the case of Switzerland in 1815, and Belgium since its separation from the Netherlands in 1830.
- n. An act of military powers agreeing that certain persons, property, and places, such as surgeons, chaplains, and the wounded, medical supplies, hospitals, and ambulances, shall be deemed neutral in war, and not subject to capture, etc., as was agreed by the Geneva Convention, 1864.
- n. More loosely, the act of securing by convention immunity for certain territory or waters from being made the scene of hostilities or of exclusive national maritime jurisdiction, as for the Black Sea, 1856, and for the Congo in Central Africa, 1885.
- n. The condition of immunity and restriction resulting from any of such acts. Also spelled neutralisation.
- n. In motor-racing, the act of neutralizing or rendering neutral. See neutralize, 4.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (euphemism) the removal of a threat by killing or destroying it (especially in a covert operation or military operation)
- n. a chemical reaction in which an acid and a base interact with the formation of a salt; with strong acids and bases the essential reaction is the combination of hydrogen ions with hydroxyl ions to form water
- n. action intended to keep a country politically neutral or exclude it from a possible war
- n. action intended to nullify the effects of some previous action
neutral + -ization (Wiktionary)