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Definition: Caustic surface
, n. [F. See Sur-
, and Face
, and cf.
1. The exterior part of anything that has length and breadth;
one of the limits that bound a solid, esp. the upper face;
superficies; the outside; as, the surface of the earth;
the surface of a diamond; the surface of the body.
The bright surface of this ethereous mold. --Milton.
2. Hence, outward or external appearance.
Vain and weak understandings, which penetrate no
deeper than the surface. --V. Knox.
3. (Geom.) A magnitude that has length and breadth without
thickness; superficies; as, a plane surface; a spherical
4. (Fort.) That part of the side which is terminated by the
flank prolonged, and the angle of the nearest bastion.
, Heating surface
, etc. See under
, Surface condenser
. See under
, and Condenser
(Mach.), an instrument consisting of a
standard having a flat base and carrying an adjustable
pointer, for gauging the evenness of a surface or its
height, or for marking a line parallel with a surface.
(Zo["o]l.), the larva of the great yellow
underwing moth (Triph[oe]na pronuba
). It is often
destructive to the roots of grasses and other plants.
(Mach.), a plate having an accurately dressed
flat surface, used as a standard of flatness by which to
test other surfaces.
, printing from a surface in relief, as
from type, in distinction from plate printing, in which
the ink is contained in engraved lines.
, Caustical \Caus"tic*al\
, a. [L. caustucs,
Ge. ?, fr. ? to burn. Cf. Calm
1. Capable of destroying the texture of anything or eating
away its substance by chemical action; burning; corrosive;
2. Severe; satirical; sharp; as, a caustic remark.
(Optics), a curve to which the ray of light,
reflected or refracted by another curve, are tangents, the
reflecting or refracting curve and the luminous point
being in one plane.
. See under Lime
, Caustic soda
(Chem.), the solid
hydroxides potash, KOH
, and soda, NaOH
, or solutions
of the same.
, nitrate of silver, lunar caustic.
(Optics), a surface to which rays reflected
or refracted by another surface are tangents. Caustic
curves and surfaces are called catacaustic when formed by
reflection, and diacaustic when formed by refraction.
Syn: Stinging; cutting; pungent; searching.