Al"ka*line [Cf. F. alcalin.]
Of or pertaining to an alkali or to alkalies; having the properties of an alkali.
Alkaline earths, certain substances, as lime, baryta, strontia, and magnesia, possessing some of the qualities of alkalies. -- Alkaline metals, potassium, sodium, caesium, lithium, rubidium. -- Alkaline reaction, a reaction indicating alkalinity, as by the action on limits, turmeric, etc.
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