What does sulphur mean?

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ˈsʌl fərsul·phur

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sulfur, S, sulphur, atomic number 16verb

    an abundant tasteless odorless multivalent nonmetallic element; best known in yellow crystals; occurs in many sulphide and sulphate minerals and even in native form (especially in volcanic regions)

  2. sulphur, sulfurverb

    treat with sulphur in order to preserve

    "These dried fruits are sulphured"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. SULPHURnoun


    Etymology: Latin.

    In his womb was hid metallick ore,
    The work of sulphur. John Milton.

    Sulphur is produced by incorporating an oily or bituminous matter with the fossil and salt. John Woodward.

    Thence nitre, sulphur, and the fiery steam
    Of fat bitumen. James Thomson.


  1. sulphur

    Sulfur (or sulphur in British English) is a chemical element with the symbol S and atomic number 16. It is abundant, multivalent and nonmetallic. Under normal conditions, sulfur atoms form cyclic octatomic molecules with a chemical formula S8. Elemental sulfur is a bright yellow, crystalline solid at room temperature. Sulfur is the tenth most abundant element by mass in the universe and the fifth most on Earth. Though sometimes found in pure, native form, sulfur on Earth usually occurs as sulfide and sulfate minerals. Being abundant in native form, sulfur was known in ancient times, being mentioned for its uses in ancient India, ancient Greece, China, and ancient Egypt. Historically and in literature sulfur is also called brimstone, which means "burning stone". Today, almost all elemental sulfur is produced as a byproduct of removing sulfur-containing contaminants from natural gas and petroleum. The greatest commercial use of the element is the production of sulfuric acid for sulfate and phosphate fertilizers, and other chemical processes. Sulfur is used in matches, insecticides, and fungicides. Many sulfur compounds are odoriferous, and the smells of odorized natural gas, skunk scent, grapefruit, and garlic are due to organosulfur compounds. Hydrogen sulfide gives the characteristic odor to rotting eggs and other biological processes. Sulfur is an essential element for all life, but almost always in the form of organosulfur compounds or metal sulfides. Amino acids (two proteinogenic: cysteine and methionine, and many other non-coded: cystine, taurine, etc.) and two vitamins (biotin and thiamine) are organosulfur compounds crucial for life. Many cofactors also contain sulfur, including glutathione, and iron–sulfur proteins. Disulfides, S–S bonds, confer mechanical strength and insolubility of the (among others) protein keratin, found in outer skin, hair, and feathers. Sulfur is one of the core chemical elements needed for biochemical functioning and is an elemental macronutrient for all living organisms.


  1. sulphur

    Sulphur, also known as sulfur, is a chemical element with the symbol S and atomic number 16. It's abundant, multivalent, and nonmetallic. It is mainly used in the manufacture of fertilizers, chemicals, and in mineral extraction. Sulphur occurs naturally as the pure element (native sulphur) and as sulphide and sulphate minerals. Its characteristic smell, similar to that of rotten eggs, comes from sulphur-containing compounds such as hydrogen sulphide.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sulphurnoun

    a nonmetallic element occurring naturally in large quantities, either combined as in the sulphides (as pyrites) and sulphates (as gypsum), or native in volcanic regions, in vast beds mixed with gypsum and various earthy materials, from which it is melted out. Symbol S. Atomic weight 32. The specific gravity of ordinary octohedral sulphur is 2.05; of prismatic sulphur, 1.96

  2. Sulphurnoun

    any one of numerous species of yellow or orange butterflies of the subfamily Pierinae; as, the clouded sulphur (Eurymus, / Colias, philodice), which is the common yellow butterfly of the Eastern United States

  3. Etymology: [L., better sulfur: cf. F. soufre.]


  1. Sulphur

    Sulphur is a city in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 22,512 at the 2000 census. Sulphur is part of the Lake Charles Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sulphur

    sul′fur, n. a yellow mineral substance, very brittle, fusible, and inflammable: brimstone.—n. Sul′phate, a salt formed by sulphuric acid with a base.—v.t. to form a deposit of lead sulphate on.—adj. Sulphat′ic.—ns. Sul′phatile, native sulphuric acid; Sul′phide, a combination of sulphur with a metal; Sul′phite, a salt formed by sulphurous acid.—v.t. Sul′phūrāte, to combine with, or subject to, the action of sulphur.—ns. Sulphūrā′tion, the act or operation of subjecting to the action of sulphur or sulphurous acid; Sulphurā′tor, an apparatus for sulphurating.—adj. Sulphū′rēous, consisting of, containing, or having the qualities of sulphur.—adv. Sulphū′reously.—ns. Sulphū′reousness; Sul′phūret, a combination of sulphur with an alkali, earth, or metal.—adjs. Sul′phūretted, having sulphur in combination; Sulphū′ric, pertaining to, or obtained from, sulphur: denoting a certain well-known strong acid, formerly called oil of vitriol; Sul′phūrous, pertaining to, resembling, or containing sulphur: denoting the pungent acid given out when sulphur is burned in air; Sul′phury, partaking of the qualities of sulphur.—Sulphuretted hydrogen, a compound of sulphur and hydrogen, stinking and noxious; Sulphurous acid, an acid formed by one equivalent of sulphur combined with two of oxygen. [L. sulphur; said to be conn. with Sans. çulvāri.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. sulphur

    A mineral which forms a principal ingredient in the manufacture of gunpowder, and greatly increases the rapidity of its combustion.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. sulphur

    A simple mineral substance, of a yellow color, brittle, insoluble in water, easily fusible and inflammable;—called also brimstone,—that is, burn-stone, from its great combustibility. It burns with a blue flame and a peculiar suffocating odor. It is an ingredient of gunpowder (which see).

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sulphur in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sulphur in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of sulphur in a Sentence

  1. Arnold Vlok:

    We are very close to exporting to the U.S., where this market is well-established, and I think the European market is especially responsive to the benefits which we add to the product, which is no sulphur-added and vegan-friendly.

  2. Alan Winde:

    It's going to have definite effects on the global market because the market looks at competitors and especially not having to add sulphur ,there's a huge advantage to the process and that changes the brand, it gives you a new brand that the health conscious world looks at so I'm pretty certain on the back of the rooibos brand that's already around the world you will definitely see traction, but then even as a standalone product because its new its innovative it's got a marketing edge and obviously if they do it cleverly they will get market share quite quickly.

  3. Andrew Schurer:

    The eruption injected a huge amount of sulphur dioxide into the stratosphere, which would have quickly spread across the world, oxidising to form sulphate aerosols, these volcanic aerosols reduce net shortwave radiation causing widespread, long lasting surface cooling. They also lead to a reduction in global rainfall, while wettening some dry regions and causing dynamic changes in the large-scale circulation of both ocean and atmosphere.

  4. Kenneth Tveter:

    You can try and pick winners in the shipping segment of the equity markets, but to get a pure play you need the derivatives market, the new fund will look at all the parts of refining that will be affected by the new regulations. In another sign of the impact of IMO 2020, China said on July 4 that it planned to launch a futures contract for low-sulphur fuel oil by the end of the year. Dutch asset manager Robeco is also focussing on fuel, but it's investing in oil refineries that are well-placed to produce large quantities of low-sulphur diesel.

  5. Andrew White:

    One of the unique aspects of what our process does is that it catalytically converts the sulfide into sulphur. Sulphur is a fertilizer product and because the feedstock we're making it out of is a fiber that's almost a compost when we're done with it we're left with a carbon compost that's already in the fertilizer form, so we don't have to any reprocessing. As soon as we take it out of the tanks where it's been used for gas cleaning we can apply it directly to the fields.

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