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 Dictionary entry overview: What does alkaline mean? 

ALKALINE (adjective)
  The adjective ALKALINE has 1 sense:

1. relating to or containing an alkali; having a pH greater than 7

  Familiarity information: ALKALINE used as an adjective is very rare.

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ALKALINE (adjective)

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Relating to or containing an alkali; having a pH greater than 7


alkalic; alkaline

Context example:

alkaline soils derived from chalk or limestone


alcalescent; alkalescent (tending to become alkaline; slightly alkaline)

basic (of or denoting or of the nature of or containing a base)

base-forming (yielding a base in aqueous solution)

saltlike (resembling a compound formed by replacing hydrogen in an acid by a metal)

Domain category:

chemical science; chemistry (the science of matter; the branch of the natural sciences dealing with the composition of substances and their properties and reactions)


acidic (being or containing an acid; of a solution having an excess of hydrogen atoms (having a pH of less than 7))

amphoteric (having characteristics of both an acid and a base and capable of reacting as either)

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