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sweetener

[sweet-n-er] /ˈswit n ər/
noun
1.
something that sweetens, as sugar or a low-calorie synthetic product used instead of sugar.
2.
an added inducement:
such sweeteners as tax breaks and low-cost loans.
Origin
1640-1650
1640-50; sweeten + -er1
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  • As an alternative sweetener for the meringues, we're going to try seeping stevia leaves in water to make a simple syrup.
  • It does this because the sweetener xylitol has been added to the soles.
  • Corn is used as inexpensive feed to fatten cows in feedlots and to make a cheap sweetener called high-fructose corn syrup.
  • Besides, the term corn sugar is already taken by dextrose, another corn sweetener.
  • The natural sweetener in your soft drink or chocolate bar could soon come from an unlikely source: potatoes.
  • With top executives, however, they try to reduce the risk by adding a sweetener.
  • So it has been promised a sweetener in the form of a smaller reactor and a supercomputer.
  • The artificial-sweetener market is savoring the taste of success.
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British Dictionary definitions for sweetener

sweetener

/ˈswiːtə/
noun
1.
a sweetening agent, esp one that does not contain sugar
2.
(informal) a bribe
3.
(informal) a financial inducement
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Slang definitions & phrases for sweetener

sweetener

noun

Something that makes a deal more attractive; encouragement or enhancement, such as a monetary payment: sweetener was all I needed for the deal


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Encyclopedia Article for sweetener

any of various natural and artificial substances that provide a sweet taste in food and beverages. In addition to their sweetening power, they may be used for such processes as food preservation, fermentation (in brewing and wine making), baking (where they contribute to texture, tenderization, and leavening), and food browning and carmelization. Natural sweeteners may be both nutritive and flavorable and thus popular both as food and flavouring. However, because common sugar and other nutritive sweeteners such as honey and corn syrup are associated with health problems (such as obesity and tooth decay) or are even a threat to life (for diabetics), there have been efforts since the 19th century to produce nonnutritive sweeteners that are not subject to metabolism and contain little or no caloric value. Nonnutritive sweeteners, which may be either artificial (synthetic) or derived from plants, include such compounds as saccharin, aspartame, cyclamates, and thaumatin.

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