- a salt of phosphoric acid containing the trivalent, negative radical PO
- an uncharged ester of this acid
- any substance containing phosphates, used as a fertilizer
- ☆ a soft drink made with soda water, syrup, and, orig., a few drops of phosphoric acid
Origin of phosphateFrench ; from (acide) phosphorique ; from -ate, -ate
- A salt, ester, or anion of phosphoric acid, derived by removal or replacement of one, two, or especially all three of the hydrogens of phosphoric acid.
- A fertilizer containing phosphorus compounds.
- A soda fountain drink made by blending carbonated water with flavored syrup.
Origin of phosphatephosph(o)– + –ate2.
(third-person singular simple present phosphates, present participle phosphating, simple past and past participle phosphated)
- To treat or coat with a phosphate or with phosphoric acid