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- (UK) IPA(key): /daɪˈljuːt/
Audio (Southern England) (file)
- (US) IPA(key): /daɪˈlut/, /dɪˈlut/
- Rhymes: -uːt
- (transitive) To make thinner by adding solvent to a solution, especially by adding water.
- 1712, Richard Blackmore, Creation: A Philosophical Poem:
- Mix their watery store / With the chyle's current, and dilute it more.
- (transitive) To weaken, especially by adding a foreign substance.
- 1704, I[saac] N[ewton], “[The First Book of Opticks. Part I.]”, in Opticks: Or, A Treatise of the Reflexions, Refractions, Inflexions and Colours of Light. […], London: […] Sam[uel] Smith, and Benj[amin] Walford, printers to the Royal Society, […], →OCLC, page 36:
- For if these Colours be diluted and weakened by the Mixture of any adventitious light, the distance between the places of the Paper will not be so great.
- (transitive, stock market) To cause the value of individual shares or the stake of a shareholder to decrease by increasing the total number of shares.
- (intransitive) To become attenuated, thin, or weak.
- It dilutes easily.
to add more of a solvent to a solution; especially to add more water
- Having a low concentration.
- Clean the panel with a dilute, neutral cleaner.
- Weak; reduced in strength by dilution; diluted.
- Of an animal: having a lighter-coloured coat than is usual.
- a dilute calico
- a cat with a dilute tortoiseshell coat
having a low concentration
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dilute (plural dilutes)
- An animal having a lighter-coloured coat than is usual.
- 2000, Joe Stahlkuppe, American Pit Bull Terrier Handbook, page 131:
- On average, blues and other dilutes have weaker coats and skin problems seem more prevalent in the dilutes.
- “dilute”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.
- “dilute”, in The Century Dictionary […], New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911, →OCLC.