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intr.v. del·i·quesced, del·i·quesc·ing, del·i·quesc·es
a. To melt away.
b. To disappear as if by melting.
2. Chemistry To dissolve and become liquid by absorbing moisture from the air.
3. Botany
a. To become fluid or soft on maturing, as certain fungal structures.
b. To branch out into numerous subdivisions that lack a main axis, as the trunk of an elm.

[Latin dēliquēscere : dē-, de- + liquēscere, to melt, inchoative of liquēre, to be liquid.]

del′i·ques′cence n.
del′i·ques′cent adj.
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1. (Chemistry) the process of deliquescing
2. (Chemistry) a solution formed when a solid or liquid deliquesces
ˌdeliˈquescent adj
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(ˌdɛl ɪˈkwɛs əns)

1. the act or process of deliquescing.
2. the substance produced when something deliquesces.
del`i•ques′cent, adj.
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1. the process of melting away or becoming moist from absorbing moisture from the air.
2. the liquid substance so formed. Cf. efflorescence. — deliquescent, adj.
See also: Processes
the property of a substance to attract and absorb moisture, especially from the air. Cf. efflorescence. — deliquescent, adj.
See also: Water
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The way in which a solid substance absorbs water from the atmosphere. The process can continue until the substance passes into solution.
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En fait, la periode du baccalaureat donnait a voir l'expression de la deliquescence profonde de l'Etat-nation, exposait ses structures gangrenees par la corruption et appreciait avec tout le deplaisir imaginable les comportements avilissants qui servaient de [beaucoup moins que]culture[beaucoup plus grand que] dominante au corps des commis de l'Etat.
Moreover, CCN deliquescence (humidification) and eventual activation requires short time steps in its numerical implementation, at least an order of magnitude shorter than needed to simulate the flow.
But they do not perform well in applications, and after several initial cycles the reaction is very difficult to continue because of swelling, deliquescence, and agglomeration.
Aussitot, cette gaffe volontaire a fait l'effet d'une bombe dans les reseaux sociaux, d'autant plus que cette imposture allait empoisonner des enfants innocents, en raison de la deliquescence du produit.
And it is precisely out of this deliquescence that melting time fashions a visual narrative structured by chronological parameters.
When we build, let us think that we build forever.' With this precept, John Ruskin insisted in The Seven Lamps of Architecture (1849) that architectural integrity entails a regard for the future: that the buildings of the present ought to respect how generations to come will look upon them, and that they should be constructed, as far as possible, to preserve against their own deliquescence.
A saturated salt solution dominates the relative humidity in the chamber at its deliquescence relative humidity.
K[H.sub.2]P[O.sub.4] has deliquescence acidity of its aqueous solution and is not soluble in alcohol.
The process is comforted by the deliquescence of the official PS candidate and consequently, the growing number of socialist ministers who are joining Macron, including former premier Manuel Valls who, in doing so, has definitely broken the PS.
Lu, "Advantage of super-hydrophobic surface as a barrier against atmospheric corrosion induced by salt deliquescence," Corrosion Science, vol.
Instead, it's more likely that the salts are pulling water from the atmosphere in a process called deliquescence.