What does detergent mean?

Definitions for detergentdɪˈtɜr dʒənt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word detergent.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. detergent(noun)

    a surface-active chemical widely used in industry and laundering

  2. detergent(adj)

    a cleansing agent that differs from soap but can also emulsify oils and hold dirt in suspension

  3. detergent, detersive(adj)

    having cleansing power


  1. detergent(Noun)

    Any non-soap cleaning agent, especially a synthetic surfactant.

  2. detergent(Adjective)

    Having the power to clean.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Detergent(adj)

    cleansing; purging

  2. Detergent(noun)

    a substance which cleanses the skin, as water or soap; a medicine to cleanse wounds, ulcers, etc

  3. Origin: [L. detergens, -entis, p. pr. of detergere: cf. F. dtergent.]


  1. Detergent

    A detergent is a surfactant or a mixture of surfactants with "cleaning properties in dilute solutions." These substances are usually alkylbenzenesulfonates, a family of compounds that are similar to soap but are more soluble in hard water, because the polar sulfonate is less likely than the polar carboxyl to bind to calcium and other ions found in hard water. In most household contexts, the term detergent by itself refers specifically to laundry detergent or dish detergent, as opposed to hand soap or other types of cleaning agents. Detergents are commonly available as powders or concentrated solutions. Detergents, like soaps, work because they are amphiphilic: partly hydrophilic and partly hydrophobic. Their dual nature facilitates the mixture of hydrophobic compounds with water. Because air is not hydrophilic, detergents are also foaming agents to varying degrees.

Editors Contribution

  1. detergent

    Any chemical or organic substance in various forms created, designed and used to clean.

    There are a wide variety of detergent on the market and they come in various forms eg. capsule, liquid, powder etc.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of detergent in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of detergent in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Jen Luciana:

    It’s recommended to hand wash your bra in cold water with a gentle detergent or baby shampoo.

  2. Melissa Piliang:

    I like a hypoallergenic detergent, one that’s made for sensitive skin, free of dyes or perfumes.

  3. Benny Loft:

    It's mainly due to the development in the United States, where we see strong competition between detergent makers, and that consumers are buying cheaper detergents with a lower level of enzymes.

  4. Karen Burka:

    A lot of advertisers lined up to throw money at this stuff because they were caught up in the hysteria about the Web. But now they want to know how you make money selling a 1.59 bottle of dish detergent on the World Wide Web.

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