mercerize

mercerize

[mur-suh-rahyz]
verb (used with object), mercerized, mercerizing.
to treat (cotton yarns or fabric) with caustic alkali under tension, in order to increase strength, luster, and affinity for dye.
Also, especially British, mercerise.


Origin:
1855–60; named after John Mercer (1791–1866), English calico printer, the patentee (1850) of the process; see -ize

mercerization, noun
mercerizer, noun
unmercerized, adjective
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mercerize or mercerise (ˈmɜːsəˌraɪz)
 
vb
(tr) to treat (cotton yarn) with an alkali to increase its strength and reception to dye and impart a lustrous silky appearance
 
[C19: named after John Mercer (1791--1866), English maker of textiles]
 
mercerise or mercerise
 
vb
 
[C19: named after John Mercer (1791--1866), English maker of textiles]
 
merceri'zation or mercerise
 
n
 
merceri'sation or mercerise
 
n

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