Soap gets bubbly and helps cut through dirt and oil. People use soap for cleaning things like clothes, dishes, hands, and bodies. Don’t bother washing your mouth out with soap, though. It doesn’t get rid of bad words.

If you ask a chemist about soap, she'll call it a surfactant, a substance that reduces the surface tension of a liquid, making it spreadable. Think of what happens when you lather up a bar of soap under running water and wash your hands with the lather. Soap is made out of natural fats or oils mixed with lye. The Old English root, sape, originally referred to the red hair dye Germanic warriors used to appear scarier.

Definitions of soap

n a cleansing agent made from the salts of vegetable or animal fats

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bar soap
soap in the form of a bar
castile soap
a good hard soap made from olive oil and sodium hydroxide
liquid soap
soap in liquid form
leather soap, saddle soap
a mild soap for cleansing and conditioning leather
soap flakes
soap that has been cut into flakes to make suds faster
built-soap powder, soap powder, washing powder
soap in powdered form mixed with alkaline builders
green soap, soft soap
a soft (or liquid) soap made from vegetable oils; used in certain skin diseases
bath soap, face soap, toilet soap
soap used as a toiletry
Type of:
cleaner, cleanser, cleansing agent
a preparation used in cleaning something

n street names for gamma hydroxybutyrate

Georgia home boy, easy lay, goop, grievous bodily harm, liquid ecstasy, max, scoop
Type of:
GHB, gamma hydroxybutyrate
a club drug available in liquid or powder form is taken orally (frequently combined with alcohol); used to incapacitate individuals for the commission of sexual assault and rape

n money offered as a bribe

Type of:
bribe, payoff
payment made to a person in a position of trust to corrupt his judgment

v rub soap all over, usually with the purpose of cleaning

Type of:
clean, cleanse
clean one's body or parts thereof, as by washing

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