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Definition of "sulfate" [sulfate]

  • A chemical compound containing the bivalent group SO4. (noun)
  • To treat or react with sulfuric acid or a sulfate. (verb-transitive)
  • Electricity To cause lead sulfate to accumulate on (the plates of a lead-acid storage battery). (verb-transitive)
  • To become sulfated. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "sulfate" in a sentence
  • "Schopf and another researcher, Jack Farmer of Arizona State University, announced the results of a recent study in which they found that a type of mineral deposit called sulfate can harbor fossils of ancient organisms."
  • "72Horovitz and Hönigschmid purified lead out of 100 kg of lead sulfate from the Joachimsthal pitchblende,"
  • "It looks like copper sulfate, which is innocuous enough to be carrying around in an open beaker."