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Definitions of Alkalies

  1. of Alkali Webster Dictionary DB
  2. A substance, such as soda or potash, which neutralises the action of an acid, and changes vegetable blues into green, yellows into brown. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for Alkalies

  1. We begin skirmishing with a few light ideas,- testing for thoughts,- as our electro- chemical friend, De Sauty, if there were such a person, would test for his current; trying a little litmus- paper for acids, and then a slip of turmeric- paper for alkalies as chemists do with unknown compounds; flinging the lead, and looking at the shells and sands it brings up to find out whether we are like to keep in shallow water, or shall have to drop the deep- sea line;- in short, seeing what we have to deal with. – The Complete PG Works of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (The Physician and Poet not the Jurist)
  2. Distressing heartburn is thus effectively relieved without taking injurious alkalies such as potash and soda. – Herbal Simples Approved for Modern Uses of Cure by William Thomas Fernie
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