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1. A substance used to reduce the concentration of calcium and magnesium ions in water, as to improve the lathering action of soaps and other cleansing agents.
2. A device that monitors and reduces the amount of such ions in a water supply.
1. (Chemistry) any substance that lessens the hardness of water, usually by precipitating or absorbing calcium and magnesium ions
2. (Chemical Engineering) a tank, apparatus, or chemical plant that is used to filter or treat water to remove chemicals that cause hardness
any of a group of substances that when added to water containing calcium and magnesium ions cause the ions to precipitate or change their usual properties: used to purify water and increase its sudsing ability.
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|Noun||1.||water softener - a substance (such as sodium chloride) that lessens the hardness of water by replacing calcium and magnesium ions with sodium ions and so gives the water more efficient sudsing power|
softener - a substance added to another to make it less hard
zeolite - any of a family of glassy minerals analogous to feldspar containing hydrated aluminum silicates of calcium or sodium or potassium; formed in cavities in lava flows and in plutonic rocks