any of several clear, white, or greenish water-soluble compounds of formulas varying in ratio from Na 2 O⋅3.75SiO 2 to 2Na 2 O⋅SiO 2 : used chiefly in dyeing, printing, and fireproofing textiles and in the manufacture of paper products and cement.
It can be encouraged to do this with substances such as sodium silicate in a process called deflocculation.
It also caused demand for a little known and little used mineral compound called sodium silicate.
PQ manufactures sodium silicate and sodium silicate derivatives worldwide.
British Dictionary definitions for sodium silicate
Also called soluble glass. a substance having the general formula, Na2O.xSiO2, where x varies between 3 and 5, existing as an amorphous powder or present in a usually viscous aqueous solution See water glass (sense 1)
any sodium salt of orthosilicic acid or metasilicic acid