First attested in 1677. From alkali, ultimately from Arabicالقلي (al-qaly, “ashes of the saltwort”), from قلى (qalā, “to roast in a pan, fry”).
Alkaline Sentence Examples
Soaps give an alkaline reaction and have a decided acrid taste; in a pure condition - a state never reached in practice - they have neither smell nor colour.
Acids have practically no action on the metal, but it is soluble in solutions of the alkaline hypochlorites.
The oxides of type RO are soluble in water, the solution possessing a strongly alkaline reaction and rapidly absorbing carbon dioxide on exposure; they are basic in character and dissolve readily in acids with the formation of the corresponding salts.