Definition of polywater in English:

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polywater

Pronunciation: /ˈpäliˌwôtər/ /-ˌwätər/

noun

historical
A supposed polymeric form of water markedly different from ordinary water, claimed as a new discovery in the early 1970s. The claim was later retracted when its properties were found to be the result of impurities.
Example sentences
  • As I read his descriptions of polywater and ‘remembering water,’ I wondered aloud, ‘Why aren't these New Age folks grateful for the genuinely wondrous properties of water without which we would not be alive today?’
  • Good scientists, however, do not carry faith too far and, like Boris Deryagin, the discoverer of polywater, sometimes have to admit error or abandon a cherished theory.
  • The reason I gave last week for the error that created the false scientific ‘discovery’ known as ‘polywater’ - the inadvertent presence of detergents on lab glassware - turns out to be somewhat more complicated than that.

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Syllabification: pol·y·wa·ter

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