Definition of Borax

1. Noun. An ore of boron consisting of hydrated sodium borate; used as a flux or cleansing agent.

Terms within: Atomic Number 5, B, Boron
Generic synonyms: Mineral



Definition of Borax

1. n. A white or gray crystalline salt, with a slight alkaline taste, used as a flux, in soldering metals, making enamels, fixing colors on porcelain, and as a soap. It occurs native in certain mineral springs, and is made from the boric acid of hot springs in Tuscany. It was originally obtained from a lake in Thibet, and was sent to Europe under the name of tincal. Borax is a pyroborate or tetraborate of sodium, Na2B4O7.10H2O.

Definition of Borax

1. Noun. A white or gray/grey crystalline salt, with a slight alkaline taste, used as a flux, in soldering metals, making enamels, fixing colors/colours on porcelain, and as a soap, etc. ¹

2. Noun. (chemistry) The sodium salt of boric acid, Na2B4O7, either anhydrous or with 5 or 10 molecules of water of crystallisation; sodium tetraborate. ¹

3. Adjective. Cheap or tawdry, referring to furniture or other works of industrial design. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Borax

1. a white crystalline compound [n -RAXES or -RACES]

Medical Definition of Borax

1. A white or gray crystalline salt, with a slight alkaline taste, used as a flux, in soldering metals, making enamels, fixing colours on porcelain, and as a soap. It occurs native in certain mineral springs, and is made from the boric acid of hot springs in Tuscany. It was originally obtained from a lake in Thibet, and was sent to Europe under the name of tincal. Borax is a pyroborate or tetraborate of sodium, Na2B4O7.10H2O. Borax bead. See Bead. Origin: OE. Boras, fr. F. Borax, earlier spelt borras; cf. LL. Borax, Sp. Borraj; all fr. Ar. Brag, fr. Pers. Brah. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Borax

boranamines
borane
boranes
boranyl
boranylidene
boranylidenes
boras
borate
borated
borates
boratian
borating
boration
boratoan
boratrane
borax (current term)
borax bead test
boraxes
borazine
borazines
borazon
borazons
borborigmus
borborygm
borborygmi
borborygmic
borborygms
borborygmus
borcarite
bord

Literary usage of Borax

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1. Diet in Health and Disease by Julius Friedenwald, John Ruhräh (1907)
"BORIC ACID AND borax. The action of this group, as far as it is known, closely resembles that of the alkalis. Boric acid and borax may correctly be ..."

2. A Dictionary of Applied Chemistry by Thomas Edward Thorpe (1921)
"Commercially, borax is valued by evaporating to dryness a known weight of the ... When borax is distilled with methyl alcohol, about 50 pc of the boric acid ..."

3. The Mineral Industry by Richard Pennefather Rothwell (1922)
"borax BY AT WARD borax or sodium borate, or derivatives thereof, arc used principally in the following ways, importance of consumption being in the order ..."

4. Journal of the American Chemical Society by American Chemical Society (1894)
"D. THE fact that borax is a volatile substance under ordinary laboratory ... TH Norton, certain observations led to the suspicion that borax was not ..."

5. Standard Methods of Chemical Analysis: A Manual of Analytical Methods and by Wilfred Welday Scott (1917)
"One hundred cc. of the solution containing the borax, prepared according to ... If free alkali is known to be absent note), the amount of borax may be ..."

6. Manual of Determinative Mineralogy: With an Introduction on Blow-pipe Analysis by George Jarvis Brush (1875)
"F.—FUSION WITH borax. 83. Treatment -with borax in OF The fusion with borax is usually effected on the platinum wire. The clean loop is heated to redness ..."

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