The Alternative English Dictionary: acid

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acid {{wikipedia}} etymology From French acide, from Latin acidus, from aceō. pronunciation
  • /ˈæs.ɪd/
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adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Sour, sharp, or biting to the taste; tart; having the taste of vinegar. exampleacid fruits or liquors
  2. (figuratively) Sour-tempered.
    • Anthony Trollope (1815-1882) He was stern and his face as acid as ever.
    • {{RQ:Vance Nobody}} Little disappointed, then, she turned attention to "Chat of the Social World," gossip which exercised potent fascination upon the girl's intelligence. She devoured with more avidity than she had her food those pretentiously phrased chronicles of the snobocracy […] distilling therefrom an acid envy that robbed her napoleon of all its savour.
  3. Of or pertaining to an acid; acidic.
  4. (music) Denoting a musical genre that is a distortion (as if hallucinogenic) of an existing genre, as in acid house, acid jazz, acid rock.
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Synonyms: acidic
  • alkaline
  • base
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A sour substance.
  2. (chemistry) Any of several class of compound having the following properties:-
    1. Any of a class of water-soluble compounds, having sour taste, that turn blue litmus red, and react with some metal to liberate hydrogen, and with base to form salt.
    2. Any compound that easily donate proton; a Brønsted acid
    3. Any compound that can accept a pair of electron to form a covalent bond; a Lewis acid
  3. (slang) lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD)
  • alkali
  • base
  • See also
  • cadi
  • caid

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