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[n. bawr-eyt, -it, bohr-; v. bawr-eyt, bohr-] /n. ˈbɔr eɪt, -ɪt, ˈboʊr-; v. ˈbɔr eɪt, ˈboʊr-/ Chemistry
a salt or ester of boric acid.
(loosely) a salt or ester of any acid containing boron.
verb (used with object), borated, borating.
to treat with borate, boric acid, or borax.
Origin of borate
1810-20; bor- + -ate2 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for borate
  • The denim is returned to its original fiber, which is treated with a borate solution to create fire and mildew resistance.
  • Either sodium borate powder or a solution of sodium borate and water kills subterranean termites.
  • All these reactors will have to be doused with borate-dosed water to ensure no chain reaction will take place.
  • Last apply a borate-based detergent solution and don't rinse.
  • Ulexite is a borate mineral that naturally has properties of fiber optics.
British Dictionary definitions for borate


noun (ˈbɔːreɪt; -ɪt)
a salt or ester of boric acid. Salts of boric acid consist of BO3 and BO4 units linked together
verb (ˈbɔːreɪt)
(transitive) to treat with borax, boric acid, or borate
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borate in Medicine

borate bo·rate (bôr'āt')
A salt or an ester of boric acid.

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borate in Science
A salt or ester of boric acid, containing the radical BO3.
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