Acetate ( noun , verb )

(As a noun)

Acetate ( noun )

  1. A salt or ester of acetic acid.
  2. A type of plastic film used in photography, printing and in the manufacture of textiles.

Origin:

Late 17th century: from french ac├ętate, from acetum 'vinegar', because of the presence of acetic acid in vinegar, which was used in making acetates.

Examples:

  1. The fabric was treated with an acetate solution to make it wrinkle-free.
  2. She made the acetate sheets for the overhead projector.
  3. The chemist was measuring out the acetate for the experiment.
  4. The acetate film had a distinctive greenish hue.
  5. Acetates are often used in place of vinyl records for DJing.

(As a verb)

Acetate ( verb )

  1. To treat or coat with an acetate.
  2. To convert (alcohol) into acetate by reaction with acetic acid.

Origin:

Early 19th century: from acetate + -ate1.

Examples:

  1. The fabric was acetated to make it wrinkle-free.
  2. The chemist was acetating the alcohol in the experiment.
  3. She acetated the solution to get rid of the impurities.
  4. The acetate process gives a durable finish to the material.
  5. The new process can acetate large quantities of alcohol in a short time.
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