Definition of chlorine in English:

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chlorine

Pronunciation: /ˈklɔːriːn/

noun

[mass noun]
The chemical element of atomic number 17, a toxic, irritant, pale green gas. (Symbol: Cl)
Example sentences
  • The blue was fading to a dull chlorine green, the fuchsia sprouting roots of over an inch.
  • The green chlorine gas rolled over the Allied frontline and it created panic.
  • Once chlorine has combined with other chemicals it is not effective as a disinfectant.

A member of the halogen group, chlorine occurs in nature mainly as sodium chloride in seawater and salt deposits. The gas was used as a poison gas in the First World War. Chlorine is added to water supplies as a disinfectant.

Origin

Early 19th century: named by Sir Humphrey Davy, from Greek khlōros 'green' + -ine4.

Words that rhyme with chlorine

chorine, Doreen, Maureen, Noreen, taurine

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: chlor|ine

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