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[soh-duh] /ˈsoʊ də/
sodium carbonate (def 2).
sodium, as in carbonate of soda.
a drink made with soda water, flavoring, such as fruit or other syrups, and often ice cream, milk, etc.
(in faro) the card turned up in the dealing box before one begins to play.
Origin of soda
1550-60; (< Italian) < Medieval Latin < Arabic suwwādah kind of plant; compare Middle French soulde, soude
Related forms
sodaless, adjective
Regional variation note
7. See soda pop. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for soda
  • Home carbonation machine, to turn tap water into sparkling water or soda.
  • Buttermilk's slight acidity helps activate baking soda and make bread rise.
  • These were white cylinders nearly as wide as soda cans, lopped off at the top as they grew greener.
  • Instead, the bottle is closed off with a crown cap more likely to be found on your soda bottle.
  • He added to his baggage cans of soda, milk and chocolate syrup.
  • Beneath the boat canopies, wooden tables bear the weight of tubs filled with ice, bottles of beer and soda pop.
  • Made with cane sugar and not high-fructose corn syrup, the imported soda is good to go.
  • The team is developing a tiny fuel cell that runs on ordinary soda pop, the kind you can buy in a supermarket.
  • Also, the company would not need to purchase soda ash to enable production of lithium carbonate, as is typically done today.
  • Clear plastic soda bottles in the two-liter size make ideal culture flasks.
British Dictionary definitions for soda


any of a number of simple inorganic compounds of sodium, such as sodium carbonate (washing soda), sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), and sodium hydroxide (caustic soda)
(US & Canadian) a fizzy drink
the top card of the pack in faro
(Austral, slang) a soda, something easily done; a pushover
Word Origin
C16: from Medieval Latin, from sodanum barilla, a plant that was burned to obtain a type of sodium carbonate, perhaps of Arabic origin
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Word Origin and History for soda

late 15c., "sodium carbonate," an alkaline substance extracted from certain ashes (now made artificially), from Italian sida (or Medieval Latin soda) "a kind of saltwort," from which soda was obtained, of uncertain origin. Perhaps it is from Arabic suwwad, the name of a variety of saltwort exported from North Africa to Sicily in the Middle Ages, related to sawad "black," the color of the plant. Another theory traces it to Medieval Latin sodanum "a headache remedy," ultimately from Arabic suda "splitting headache."

Soda is found naturally in alkaline lakes, in deposits where such lakes have dried, and from ash produced by burning various seaside plants. Since commercial manufacture of it began in France in late 18c., these other sources have been abandoned. Washing soda (sodium carbonate) is commonly distinguished from baking soda (sodium bicarbonate). A soda-cracker (1863) has baking soda as an ingredient.

The meaning "carbonated water" is first recorded 1834, a shortening of soda water (1802) "water into which carbonic acid has been forced under pressure." "It rarely contains soda in any form; but the name originally applied when sodium carbonate was contained in it has been retained" [Century Dictionary, 1902]. Since 19c. typically flavored and sweetened with syrups. First record of soda pop is from 1863, and the most frequent modern use of the word is as a shortening of this or other terms for "flavored, sweetened soda water." Cf. pop (n.1). Soda fountain is from 1824; soda jerk first attested 1922 (soda-jerker is from 1883). Colloquial pronunciation "sody" is represented in print from 1900 (U.S. Midwestern).

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soda in Medicine

soda so·da (sō'də)

  1. Any of various forms of sodium carbonate.

  2. Chemically combined sodium.

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soda in Technology
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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