catalyst

   A substance which provokes a chemical reaction in other materials without itself changing. For example, an egg will emulsify water and oil by acting as a catalyst. In resin sculpture, a catalyst must be added in order to cause the resin to harden. An accelerator, usually already added to the resin, reacts with the catalyst and heat is generated which sets off the hardening process. Also see adhesive and emulsion.

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  • catalyst — UK US /ˈkætəlɪst/ noun [C] ► someone or something that causes a big change: the catalyst behind sth »The catalyst behind this welcome trend has been the mighty Bill Gates. catalyst for sth »An outside leader is often needed to serve as a catalyst …   Financial and business terms

  • catalyst — n. 1. (Chem.) a substance that initiates or accelerates a chemical reaction without itself being affected; as, thousands of enzymes serve in concert as calaysts to produce the sequence of reactions we call life ; the industrial production of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Catalyst — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Catalyst puede referirse a: Catalyst (controladores) Catalyst (framework) Catalyst (álbum) de New Found Glory Obtenido de Catalyst Categoría: Wikipedia:Desambiguación …   Wikipedia Español

  • Catalyst — (englisch für Katalysator) steht für: ein Gerätetreiber Paket für Radeon Grafikkarten, siehe AMD Catalyst ein in Perl geschriebenes MVC Web Framework, siehe Catalyst Web Framework eine Produktbezeichnung für eine Serie von Ethernet Switches der… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Catalyst — Catalyst. См. Катализатор. (Источник: «Металлы и сплавы. Справочник.» Под редакцией Ю.П. Солнцева; НПО Профессионал , НПО Мир и семья ; Санкт Петербург, 2003 г.) …   Словарь металлургических терминов

  • catalyst — I noun abettor, activator, active element, active partisan, active reformer, actuator, agacerie, agent provocateur, agitator, animator, catalytic agent, cause, encouragement, encourager, excitant, exciter, ferment, force, goad, impeller, impetus …   Law dictionary

  • catalyst — (n.) 1902, formed in English (on analogy of analyst) from CATALYSIS (Cf. catalysis) …   Etymology dictionary

  • catalyst — [n] something which incites activity adjuvant, agitator, enzyme, goad, impetus, impulse, incendiary, incentive, incitation, incitement, motivation, radical stimulus, reactant, reactionary, spark plug*, spur, stimulant, synergist, wave maker*;… …   New thesaurus

  • catalyst — ► NOUN 1) a substance that increases the rate of a chemical reaction without itself undergoing any permanent chemical change. 2) a person or thing that precipitates an event …   English terms dictionary

  • catalyst — [kat′ə list΄] n. 1. any substance serving as the agent in catalysis 2. a person or thing acting as the stimulus in bringing about or hastening a result catalytic [kat′əlit′ik] adj. catalytically adv …   English World dictionary

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