Definitions of phosphorus

  1. a multivalent nonmetallic element of the nitrogen family that occurs commonly in inorganic phosphate rocks and as organic phosphates in all living cells; is highly reactive and occurs in several allotropic forms
  2. a planet ( usually Venus) seen just before sunrise in the eastern sky
  3. A poisonous nonmetallic element of the nitrogen group, obtained as a white, or yellowish, translucent waxy substance, having a characteristic disagreeable smell. It is very active chemically, must be preserved under water, and unites with oxygen even at ordinary temperatures, giving a faint glow, -- whence its name. It always occurs compined, usually in phosphates, as in the mineral apatite, in bones, etc. It is used in the composition on the tips of friction matches, and for many other purposes. The molecule contains four atoms. Symbol P. Atomic weight 31. 0.
  4. Hence, any substance which shines in the dark like phosphorus, as certain phosphorescent bodies.
  5. An inflammable substance which gives out light without beat.
  6. The morning- star: a yellowish substance, like wax, inflammable and luminous in the dark.
  7. An elementary combustible substance, faintly luminous in the dark.
  8. A combustible mineral element that ignites by moderate heat, as of friction.
  9. A combustible substance of a yellowish colour, and luminous in the dark.
  10. An elementary substance of a waxlike consistence, easily made to burn, even by the heat of the fingers or by friction, always luminous in the dark in its ordinary state; the morning star.

Usage examples for phosphorus

  1. We used to land the stuff at midnight, up to our armpits in water sometimes; and a man would stand up afterwards shining with phosphorus, like a golden statue. – Love and Lucy by Maurice Henry Hewlett
  2. The black cats, their eyes touched with phosphorus, glared down from the plate rail. – Ethel Morton's Holidays by Mabell S. C. Smith
  3. For instance, to take a few examples from the late Mr. Hilton Price's lists of " Signs of Old London" from Cheapside and adjacent streets, in 1695 John Arundell, tobacconist, was at the " White Horse," Wood Street; in the same year J. Mumford, tobacconist, was at the " Faulcon," Laurence Lane; in 1699 Mr. Brutton, tobacconist, was to be found at the " Three Crowns," under the Royal Exchange; in 1702 Richard Bronas, tobacconist, was at the " Horse Shoe," Bread Street; and in 1766 Mr. Hoppie, of the " Oil Jar: Old Change, Watling Street End," advertised that he " sold a newly invented phosphorus powder for lighting pipes quickly in about half a minute. – The Social History of Smoking by G. L. Apperson
  4. Indeed, the gas may, perhaps, put out phosphorus, which, you know, has a pretty strong combustion. – The Chemical History Of A Candle by Michael Faraday
  5. The essential chemical difference between starch and protein is that the latter contains nitrogen and a small amount of sulphur and phosphorus. – The Mother and Her Child by William S. Sadler Lena K. Sadler
  6. Milk, egg yolk, cheese, whole grains, and vegetables are the most satisfactory sources of phosphorus. – School and Home Cooking by Carlotta C. Greer
  7. So place it that the phosphorus can be dropped into the glass, and in an instant combustion giving a loud report will be the result. – American Handbook of the Daguerrotype by Samuel D. Humphrey
  8. This time he went to work more carefully, and feeling with his fingers for a match with the largest head and the greatest amount of phosphorus, lit it at the first try. – Master and Man by Leo Tolstoy
  9. The bloo glimmer is phosphorus; an' the fire eyes is two of these little old lamps like miners packs in their caps. – Wolfville Nights by Alfred Lewis
  10. The open- hearth process is favored also because it allows closer control of phosphorus content in the steel. – The Economic Aspect of Geology by C. K. Leith
  11. It answers well to the name applied to it, as it seems remarkably similar to the light emitted by some living insects and other animal organisms, as well as to that evolved, under favourable conditions, by dead animal matter- a pale bluish light, resembling that emitted by phosphorus as seen in a dark room. – Fungi: Their Nature and Uses by Mordecai Cubitt Cooke
  12. Other immediate results of the economical production of sulphuric acid, are the general employment of phosphorus matches, and of stearine candles, that beautiful substitute for tallow and wax. – Familiar Letters of Chemistry by Justus Liebig
  13. If fresh vegetables and fruits along with foods rich in calcium, iron, and phosphorus are used, and these foods are cooked and served so as to retain all their nutriment, one can be assured that the diet contains all the necessary ash constituents. – School and Home Cooking by Carlotta C. Greer