|a.||1.||(Physics) Of such a nature relatively to some other associated body or bodies, as to tend to the negative pole of a voltaic battery, in electrolysis, while the associated body tends to the positive pole; - the converse or correlative of electro-negative.|
|2.||(Chem.) Hence: Positive; metallic; basic; - distinguished from negative, nonmetallic, or acid.|
|n.||1.||(Chem. & Physics) A body which passes to the negative pole in electrolysis.|
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.