detergent detergent  /dɪ ˈtɜr dʒənt/


  1. (n) a surface-active chemical widely used in industry and laundering
  2. (n) a cleansing agent that differs from soap but can also emulsify oils and hold dirt in suspension
  3. (adj) having cleansing power


  1. Water solutions of the detergent were only mildly effective, so the researchers tried solutions of detergents in propylene glycol, which is a sort of thin glycerine.
  2. The detergent makers are quietly moving to allay consumer fears and reduce friction with Government agencies by dropping enzymes.
  3. Chinese can drink detergent instead and feel very smuck about it too.


  1. Clean getaway: Police look for carjacking suspect who stole detergent

    Dee DeQuattro A suspect in a New Bedford robbery is giving a new meaning to clean get away. New Bedford Police are looking for a man who stole 6 containers of Tide detergent from
    on June 12, 2013     Source: ABC 6 Providence

  2. The effects of going trayless

    Every time a student uses plates without trays in the Gateway and Hale Aloha cafeterias, one ounce of food waste and one quart of water is being saved, along with detergent and energy needed for washi
    on June 10, 2013     Source: Ka Leo O Hawaii

  3. Super-Couponing Tips: Help! My groceries are shrinking

    Has this happened to you? You’re walking down an aisle at the supermarket and you pick up a product you’ve purchased many times before. Dish detergent, deodorant, a cake mix — it looks the same as it always has, but something just isn’t right.
    on June 9, 2013     Source: La Crosse Tribune

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