Soap is something that is used with water to make suds and is used for cleaning.
Facts About Soap
- Some soaps are safer for our environment because they use natural ingredients and limit the amount of artificial chemicals typically found in soap.
- The most popular alternatives that exist are vegetable and castile soaps. These soaps are made from the oils of plants and vegetables and are much less harmful on the environment.
- Fragrances in soaps are chemically-made rather than being the extract of any flower.
- Most anti-bacterial soaps have been shown to contain MIT, or methylisothiazolinone, and many contain Triclosan, a chemical registered with the EPA as a pesticide and is quite similar in composition as Agent Orange which causes nerve damage in both animals and people.
- The Centers for Disease Control indicate that the use of anti-bacterial soap is not necessary to control the spread of bacteria. Simply washing your hands with every day soap is sufficient to loosen bacteria from the skin and, once loosened, the bacteria will simply wash away upon rinsing your hands.
An example of soap is the bar sitting next to a bathroom sink used for washing hands.
- a substance used with water to produce suds for washing or cleaning: soaps are usually sodium or potassium salts of fatty acids, produced by the action of an alkali, as caustic soda or potash, on fats or oils
- any metallic salt of a fatty acid
- ☆ Slang soap operaalso soaper
Origin of soapMiddle English sope ; from Old English sape, akin to German seife ; from Germanic an unverified form saipo- ; from Indo-European base an unverified form seib-, to trickle, run out from source Classical Latin sebum, tallow
no soap☆ Slang
- the offer, idea, etc. is not acceptable
- to no avail
- A cleansing agent, manufactured in bars, granules, flakes, or liquid form, made from a mixture of the sodium salts of various fatty acids of natural oils and fats.
- A metallic salt of a fatty acid, as of aluminum or iron, that is not water soluble and may be used as a lubricant, thickener, or in various coating applications, ointments, or disinfectants.
- Slang Money, especially that which is used for bribery.
- A soap opera.
transitive verbsoaped, soap·ing, soaps
- To treat or cover with or as if with soap.
- a. Informal To softsoap; cajole.b. Slang To bribe.
Origin of soapMiddle English sope, from Old English sāpe.
(countable and uncountable, plural soaps)
- (uncountable) A substance able to mix with both oil and water, used for cleaning, often in the form of a solid bar or in liquid form, derived from fats or made synthetically.
- I tried washing my hands with soap, but the stain wouldn't go away.
- (countable, informal) A soap opera.
(third-person singular simple present soaps, present participle soaping, simple past and past participle soaped)
From Middle English sope, sape, from Old English sāpe (“soap, salve”), from Proto-Germanic *saipǭ, from Proto-Indo-European *seyb-, *seyp- (“to pour out, drip, trickle, strain”). Cognate with Scots saip, sape (“soap”), West Frisian sjippe (“soap”), Dutch zeep (“soap”), Low German sepe (“soap”), German Seife (“soap”), Swedish såpa (“soap”), Icelandic sápa (“soap”). Related also to Old English sāp (“amber, resin, pomade, unguent”), Latin sēbum (“tallow, fat, grease”). See seep.
soap - Computer Definition
(Simple Object Access Protocol) A message-based protocol based on XML for accessing services on the Web. Initiated by Microsoft, IBM and others, it employs XML syntax to send text commands across the Internet using HTTP. SOAP is similar in purpose to the DCOM and CORBA distributed object systems, but is lighter weight and less programming intensive. Because of its simple exchange mechanism, SOAP can also be used to implement a messaging system. SOAP is supported in COM, DCOM, Internet Explorer and Microsoft's Java implementation. See UDDI, .NET Framework and REST.