Definitions for sweetness
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
sweetswit(adj.; adv.; n.)-er, -est
(adj.)having the taste or flavor of sugar, honey, or the like.
producing the one of the four basic taste sensations that is not bitter, sour, or salt.
not rancid or stale; fresh.
not salt or salted:
pleasing to the ear; making an agreeable sound.
pleasing or agreeable; delightful.
amiable; kind or gracious, as a person or action.
easily managed; done or effected without effort.
(of wine) not dry; containing unfermented, natural sugar.
(of a cocktail) made with sweet vermouth, as a manhattan or, sometimes, a martini.
free from acidity or sourness, as soil.
Chem. devoid of corrosive or acidic substances. (of fuel oil or gas) containing no sulfur compounds.
performed with an emphasis on warm tone and clearly outlined melody:
Category: Music and Dance
(adv.)in a sweet manner; sweetly.
(n.)a sweet flavor, smell, or sound; sweetness.
something that is sweet or causes or gives a sweet flavor, smell, or sound.
sweets, very sweet foods, as pie, cake, or candy.
Brit. a piece of candy; sweetmeat or bonbon. a sweet dish or dessert.
a beloved person.
(in direct address) darling; sweetheart.
Idioms for sweet:
sweet on,Informal. infatuated with; in love with.
Origin of sweet:
bef. 900; ME swet(e), OE swēte (adj.), c. OFris swēte, OS swōti, OHG swuozi, ON søtr; akin to Go sutis gentle, L suāvis pleasant, Gk hēdýs sweet
Henry, 1845–1912, English philologist and linguist.
sweet, sweetness, sugariness(noun)
the taste experience when sugar dissolves in the mouth
the property of tasting as if it contains sugar
bouquet, fragrance, fragrancy, redolence, sweetness(noun)
a pleasingly sweet olfactory property
the quality of giving pleasure
"he was charmed by the sweetness of her manner"; "the pleasantness of a cool breeze on a hot summer day"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
the sweet taste or smell of sth
the sweetness of toffee
The condition of being sweet or sugary.
A pleasant disposition; kindness.
Ruth's overwhelming sweetness made Robert forget about his hopelessly low school grades.
the quality or state of being sweet (in any sense of the adjective); gratefulness to the taste or to the smell; agreeableness
Sweetness is one of the five basic tastes and is almost universally regarded as a pleasurable experience. Foods rich in simple carbohydrates such as sugar are those most commonly associated with sweetness, although there are other natural and artificial compounds that are sweet at much lower concentrations, allowing their use as non-caloric sugar substitutes. Examples of foods that may be used as non-sugar sweet substitutes include saccharin, aspartame, xylitol and acesulfame K. Other compounds may alter perception of sweetness itself. The chemosensory basis for detecting sweetness, which varies among both individuals and species, has only been teased apart in recent years. A recent theoretical model of sweetness is the multipoint attachment theory, which involves multiple binding sites between a sweetness receptor and a sweet substance. Studies indicate that responsiveness to sugars and sweetness has very ancient evolutionary beginnings, being manifest as chemotaxis even in motile bacteria such as E. coli. Newborn human infants also demonstrate preferences for high sugar concentrations and prefer solutions that are sweeter than lactose, the sugar found in breast milk. Sweetness appears to have the highest taste recognition threshold, being detectable at around 1 part in 200 of sucrose in solution. By comparison, bitterness appears to have the lowest detection threshold, at about 1 part in 2 million for quinine in solution. In the natural settings that human primate ancestors evolved in, sweetness intensity should indicate energy density, while bitterness tends to indicate toxicity The high sweetness detection threshold and low bitterness detection threshold would have predisposed our primate ancestors to seek out sweet-tasting foods and avoid bitter-tasting foods. Even amongst leaf-eating primates, there is a tendency to prefer immature leaves, which tend to be higher in protein and lower in fibre and poisons than mature leaves. The 'sweet tooth' thus has an ancient evolutionary heritage, and while food processing has changed consumption patterns, human physiology remains largely unchanged.
Translations for sweetness
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
- doçuraPortuguese (BR)
- sladkost, něhaCzech
- die SüßeGerman
- γλυκήτητα, γλύκαGreek
- douceur, gentillesseFrench
- slatkoća, ljupkostCroatian
- édesség (vmié)Hungarian
- sætleiki; elskulegheitIcelandic
- saldums; mīļums; burvīgumsLatvian
- zoetheid, lieflijkheidDutch
- søthet; elskverdighetNorwegian
- په خوږوالیPashto
- farmec, gentileţeRomanian
- сладость; приятностьRussian
- sladkosť; nehaSlovak
- söthet, sötmaSwedish
- ความหวาน; ความน่ารักThai
- 甜度、新鮮、溫和Chinese (Trad.)
- солодкуватість; солодкий смакUkrainian
- tính chất ngọt, vẻ đáng yêuVietnamese
- 甜度，新鲜，温和Chinese (Simp.)
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