- 1Make (a liquid) thinner or weaker by adding water or another solvent to it: bleach can be diluted with cold water (as adjective diluted) diluted fruit juiceMore example sentences
- Dyes using acetone or alcohol solvents can be diluted with water also.
- Old time gun makers stained their stocks with aqua fortis, a combination of nitric acid diluted with distilled water and iron filings.
- The aim is to develop epoxy systems that can be diluted in water - for ease of cleaning - without compromising chemical resistance and cure rate.
- 1.1Make (something) weaker in force, content, or value by modification or the addition of other elements: the reforms have been diluted (as adjective diluted) the report was published in a diluted formMore example sentences
- But there is the danger that composers writing for amateurs may feel forced to dilute their musical language, to compromise their artistic integrity on the altar of accessibility.
- In addition, it will dilute its holding in the present subsidiary.
- But record labels will insist on keeping CDs in the charts because downloaders buy such a broad range of content they dilute the marketing push behind new artists - which labels need to survive.
- 1.2Reduce the value of (a shareholding) by issuing more shares in a company without increasing the values of its assets.More example sentences
- If you choose to do nothing, your shareholding will be diluted thanks to the extra shares issued.
- He retained a stake in the company, but the board diluted the shares, reducing his equity to less than 2%.
- He added that it is wrong to assume that South Africans will be dominating the the merged entity as the shareholding is diluted by 22.7%.
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- 1(Of a liquid) made thinner or weaker by having had water or another solvent added to it.More example sentences
- The water turnover rates of hummingbirds feeding on dilute nectar are more similar to those of amphibious and aquatic organisms than to those of terrestrial vertebrates.
- Finally, don't forget to deadhead and water your containers regularly, and if you add very dilute liquid feed to the watering can every time, the plants will thank you for it.
- This observation may be an important, and so far ignored, component in the explanation for the dilute nectars found in bird-pollinated plants.
- 1.1 Chemistry (Of a solution) having a relatively low concentration of solute: a dilute solution of potassium permanganateMore example sentences
- A dilute solution of acetic acid was cooled below its freezing point.
- The new test uses a dilute solution of potassium permanganate.
- The carbonates are washed repeatedly with a dilute solution of sodium carbonate, thus removing any coloration from the precipitate.
- 1.2(Of colour or light) weak or low in concentration: dilute sunMore example sentences
- Even the nebulae, those ‘extended masses of dilute light’, are thought by some to be condensing into planetary systems.
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- In Colorado Springs, conservatives see immigrants mostly as potential recruits rather than as diluters of the national spirit.
- Publicly traded companies are remarkably consistent ‘net diluters’.
- Suited for use in reagent dispensers, diluters, and draining devices, the pump features a factory-set output that allows repeatable dispensing rates of up to 200 dispenses per minute.
mid 16th century: from Latin dilut- 'washed away, dissolved', from the verb diluere.