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Webster 1913 Edition


Dilute

Di-lute′

,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Diluted
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Diluting
.]
[L.
dilutus
, p. p. of
diluere
to wash away, dilute;
di- = dis-
+
luere
, equiv. to
lavare
to wash, lave. See
Lave
, and cf.
Deluge
.]
1.
To make thinner or more liquid by admixture with something; to thin and dissolve by mixing.
Mix their watery store.
With the chyle’s current, and
dilute
it more.
Blackmore.
2.
To diminish the strength, flavor, color, etc., of, by mixing; to reduce, especially by the addition of water; to temper; to attenuate; to weaken.
Lest these colors should be
diluted
and weakened by the mixture of any adventitious light.
Sir I. Newton.

Di-lute′

,
Verb.
I.
To become attenuated, thin, or weak;
as, it
dilutes
easily
.

Di-lute′

,
Adj.
[L.
dilutus
, p. p.]
Diluted; thin; weak.
A
dilute
and waterish exposition.
Hopkins.

Webster 1828 Edition


Dilute

DILUTE

,
Verb.
T.
[L., to wash. See Deluge.]
1.
Literally, to wash; but appropriately, to render liquid, or more liquid; to make thin, or more fluid. Thus sirup or molasses is made thin or more liquid by an admixture with water; and the water is said to dilute it. Hence,
2.
To weaken, as spirit or an acid, by an admixture of water, which renderst the spirit or acid less concentrated. Thus, we dilute spirit, wine or a decoction by adding to it water.
3.
To make weak or weaker, as color, by mixture.
4.
To weaken; to reduce the strength or standard of; as, to dilute virtue.

DILUTE

,
Adj.
Thin; attenuated; reduced in strength, as spirit or color.

Definition 2022


dilute

dilute

English

Verb

dilute (third-person singular simple present dilutes, present participle diluting, simple past and past participle diluted)

  1. (transitive) To make thinner by adding solvent to a solution; especially by adding water.
    • Blackmore
      Mix their watery store / With the chyle's current, and dilute it more.
  2. (transitive) To weaken, especially by adding a foreign substance.
    • Sir Isaac Newton
      Lest these colours should be diluted and weakened by the mixture of any adventitious light.
  3. (transitive, stock market) To cause the value of individual shares to decrease by increasing the total number of shares.
  4. (intransitive) To become attenuated, thin, or weak.
    it dilutes easily

Translations

Adjective

dilute (comparative more dilute, superlative most dilute)

  1. Having a low concentration.
    Clean the panel with a dilute, neutral cleaner.
  2. Weak; reduced in strength due to dilution, diluted.

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See also

References

  • dilute in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
  • dilute in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911

Latin

Participle

dīlūte

  1. vocative masculine singular of dīlūtus