Definition of bromide in English:


Line breaks: brom|ide
Pronunciation: /ˈbrəʊmʌɪd


  • 1 Chemistry A compound of bromine with another element or group, especially a salt containing the anion Br or an organic compound with bromine bonded to an alkyl radical.
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    • In Friedel-Crafts reactions, alkyl chlorides are more reactive than alkyl bromides and alkyl iodides react only with difficulty.
    • Anions like chloride and bromide also adsorb on electrode surfaces while smaller cations like lithium, sodium and potassium are generally too strongly bound to a small number of water molecules to bind directly to the electrode.
    • Inorganic anions used as the model anions were sulfate, fluoride, chloride, bromide, nitrite, nitrate, chlorate, iodide, thiocyanate, and perchlorate, used as their sodium salts.
  • 2A trite statement that is intended to soothe or placate: feel-good bromides create the illusion of problem-solving
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    • This sums up their entire campaign, one of breath-taking arrogance wrapped up in feel-good bromides.
    • There are no bromides, no platitudes, no clichés.
    • On top of all that detail, we have a hefty helping of cliches and bromides.
  • 2.1 dated A sedative preparation containing potassium bromide.
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    • Agents include phenobarbital, corticosteroids, isoniazid, iodides and bromides, and vitamins D and B 12.
    • Up to his neck in the reputedly healing waters, Daudet read Montaigne; and in private consumed huge amounts of morphine, chloral and bromide in an attempt to palliate his excruciating pains.
    • In Dostoevsky's day there were no effective drugs to prevent seizures - perhaps he took bromides.
  • 3A reproduction or piece of typesetting on bromide paper.
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    • It was then re-typed in the Western People, reproduced in bromide form and placed on a page.
    • The process included ‘pasting up’ cut-out parts of bromides which were sensitised sheets of paper bearing text.
    • His desk drawers served mainly as a repository for napkins, bromides, and paper clips.



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  • I know it sounds bromidic, I just hate to see anyone in that situation ended up like mine.
  • In the farce, she is the hotel manageress, who wants to get the suite back, as it is pre-booked, and who deals with each crisis with a bromidic utterance typical of the professional hotel servant.
  • The Democrats were broadcasting the bromidic message that America needs a change in leadership all week long.

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