Mor"dant (?), a. [F., p.pr. of mordere to bite; L. mordere. See Morsel.]

1.

Biting; caustic; sarcastic; keen; severe.

2. Dyeing & Calico Printing

Serving to fix colors.

 

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Mor"dant, n. [F., originally, biting.]

1.

Any corroding substance used in etching.

2. Dyeing & Calico Printing

Any substance, as alum or copperas, which, having a twofold attraction for organic fibers and coloring matter, serves as a bond of union, and thus gives fixity to, or bites in, the dyes.

3. Gilding

Any sticky matter by which the gold leaf is made to adhere.

 

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Mor"dant (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Mordanted; p. pr. & vb. n. Mordanting.]

To subject to the action of, or imbue with, a mordant; as, to mordant goods for dyeing.

 

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