Definition of mercerize verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

mercerize

 verb
verb
NAmE//ˈmərsəˌraɪz//
 
mercerize somethingVerb Forms present simple I / you / we / they mercerize
 
he / she / it mercerizes
 
past simple mercerized
 
-ing form mercerizing
 
 
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to treat cotton cloth or thread with a chemical to make it stronger and more shiny
mercerization
 
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NAmE//ˌmərsərəˈzeɪʃn//
 
noun [uncountable]
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