from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To blossom; bloom.
- intransitive v. Chemistry To become a powder by losing water of crystallization, as when a hydrated crystal is exposed to air.
- intransitive v. Chemistry To become covered with a powdery deposit.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To burst into bloom; to flower.
- v. To change from being crystalline to being powdery by losing water of crystallization.
- v. To become covered with powder.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To blossom forth.
- intransitive v. To change on the surface, or throughout, to a whitish, mealy, or crystalline powder, from a gradual decomposition, esp. from the loss of water, on simple exposure to the air.
- intransitive v. To become covered with a whitish crust or light crystallization, from a slow chemical change between some of the ingredients of the matter covered and an acid proceeding commonly from an external source.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To burst into bloom, as a plant.
- To present an appearance of flowering or bursting into bloom; specifically, to become covered with an effiorescence; become incrusted with crystals of salt or the like.
- In chem., to change either throughout or over the surface to a whitish, mealy, or crystalline powder, from a gradual decomposition, on simple exposure to the air; become covered with a whitish crust or light crystallization, in the form of short threads or spiculæ, from a slow chemical change between some of the ingredients of the matter covered and an acid proceeding commonly from an external source.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. assume crystalline form; become crystallized
- v. become encrusted with crystals due to evaporation
- v. come into or as if into flower
They will dug fake tunnels, tunnel that leads to dead ends, tunnels that impossibly knot into themselves, tunnels with sonar-cancelling pings, tunnels that lead to police headquarters, tunnels that effloresce into a thicket of infinitely bifurcating tunnels, and tunnels that lead to other dimensions.
The newspaper age was dawning in America, an age that would effloresce into mass communications and the formation of a transformative popular culture.
A great deal of chemical action then commences, salts of various kinds effloresce on the surface, and the mass becomes hard.
In oil, verdigris is permanent with respect to light and air, but moisture and an impure atmosphere change its colour, and cause it to effloresce or rise to the surface through the oil.
The inexperienced ought here to be guarded against the highly improper practice of some artists, who strew their pictures while wet with acetate of lead, or use that substance in some other mode, without grinding or solution; which, though it may promote present drying, will ultimately effloresce on the surface of the work, throw off the colour in sandy spots, and expose the paintings to peculiar risk from the damaging influence of impure air.
Glauber's salt (sodium sulphate) produces a good smooth surface when added to soap, but, owing to its tendency to effloresce more quickly than soda carbonate, it is not so much used as formerly.
Coromandel, the dried indigo lumps are allowed to effloresce in a cask for some time, and when they become hard they are wiped and packed for exportation.
The Commercial Products of the Vegetable Kingdom Considered in Their Various Uses to Man and in Their Relation to the Arts and Manufactures; Forming a Practical Treatise & Handbook of Reference for the Colonist, Manufacturer, Merchant, and Consumer, on the Cultivation, Preparation for Shipment, and Commercial Value, &c. of the Various Substances Obtained From Trees and Plants, Entering into the Husbandry of Tropical and Sub-tropical Regions, &c.
In regard to the great bulk of Shakespeare's diction it will enable us ten years hence to determine how much of it was known to literature before him, and how much of it he himself gathered or gleaned in highways and byways, or caused to ramify and effloresce from Saxon or classical roots and trunks, thus "endowing his purposes with words to make them known."
You will even notice rows of books in their rooms, and a picture or two, -- things that look as if they had surplus money; but these superfluities are the _water of crystallization_ to scholars, and you can never get them away till the poor fellows effloresce into dust.
No matter of what he wrote or spoke, his words, his tones, his looks, carried the evidence of a sincerity which pervaded them all and was to his eloquence and poetry like the water of crystallization; without which they would effloresce into mere rhetoric.