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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.
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.
That deal certainly consummated a disaster at least as damaging to national self-confidence in Britain as the Suez crisis, diffusing the lasting sense that the country was irretrievably in decline, the institutions of government deliquescent in the hands of people altogether unfitted to run them.
Some have ended in or have in their deliquescent state at least contributed to postmodern rela tivism.
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.
C'est par la que Flaubert commence, qu'il s'agisse de l'education laique masculine de Charles,(8) avec ses rituels de groupe, ou du catholicisme deliquescent qui, au couvent, denature et banalise des l'origine la sensibilite reelle d'Emma Bovary.
Since sodium chloride mixed with materials is not deliquescent or hygroscopic to any great extent and is not an extremely soluble salt, its solubility changes very little with temperature variations.
In his preface, Rosen writes that he wishes to avoid the extremes of 'the paraphrase of selected passages in the language of academic scholasticism and the translation of Nietzsche's already perfervid quasi-poetry into the deliquescent obliquities of postmodernism', whilst at the same time 'attempting to capture something of the virtues' of these methods (p.
care for it; it is not deliquescent enough, not fin de siecle enough for you;
J'ai paru m'attarder sur les ruines d'un savoir deliquescent, dont l'echec pathetique aurait du nous annoncer beaucoup plus tot les prodromes d'une explosion: celle d'octobre 88.
Danby's classic essay on 'A Shakespearean Adjustment' (1952) takes up Antony and Cleopatra's oscillations of scene, deliquescent aspects, overlapping of times and places, and critique of judgement.
104, a large Chessy, France azurite, richly colored with blue pigment and coated with gum arabic for luster] being from necessity coloured with a substance very deliquescent in its nature, renders it particularly proper at this season of the year to caution our Readers against suffering the book to be laid in a damp place .