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deliquescence

(dĕl'əkwĕs`əns), conversion of a solid substance into a liquid as a result of absorption of water vapor from the air. Since impurities in a solid lower its melting point, the absorbed water causes a decrease in the normal melting point of the solid. If enough water is absorbed to lower the melting point below room temperature, the solid will deliquesce, or turn to liquid. Lithium sulfide and magnesium iodide are examples of deliquescent salts.

deliquescence

[del·ə′kwes·əns]
(botany)
The condition of repeated divisions ending in fine divisions; seen especially in venation and stem branching.
(physical chemistry)
The absorption of atmospheric water vapor by a crystalline solid until the crystal eventually dissolves into a saturated solution.

deliquescence

The absorption of water from the air by certain salts in plaster or brick; results in dark, damp areas on the surface.
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For example, if the dust is high in magnesium and chlorine and if it remains wet in an office environment of about 50% relative humidity, one can infer that the salt contains magnesium chloride and is therefore very corrosive because of its low deliquescent relative humidity.
Producers of renewable methane have also successfully applied deliquescent desiccants, including landfills, waste water treatment plants, and dairies.
What at any rate the defamiliarization of their naming impulses have in common, we would suggest, is part of an idealizing aesthetic mode that unites Tennyson and the Symbolists, a progress from particularity to deliquescent vagueness, from individuation to amorphous collectivity, from personality to impersonality--the self-annihilating dispersion of meaning, in the "pure work," that both deverbalizes perception and deperceptualizes words.
Appetisingly he places his pile of peaches and his pyramid of wild strawberries (both from the Louvre), thick as they are with juice and almost deliquescent in their fluid abundance, in simple wicker baskets, so that their humidity is stressed by the thirsty osier twigs, on which they mount in a piled-up flush of colour.
Perhaps this was felt to be a sufficient monument, or perhaps his physical, if deliquescent, presence at Eton, was felt to preclude the need for him to be memorialized there in any elaborate way.
Some have ended in or have in their deliquescent state at least contributed to postmodern rela tivism.
Still, it might be argued that changes in rhetorical patterns should be expected even in these genres since rhetoric expresses politics, and politics is deliquescent and vicissitudinous.
It is well known that CR compounds cured with zinc oxide and ethylene thiourea or its derivatives absorb water to a considerable degree as a result of the in situ production of the very deliquescent zinc chloride.
He displays, as he notes, a "genuine enthusiasm, almost teen-age in its spontaneity, for slimy, deliquescent rot.