Adjective "mercerized" definition and examples

(Mercerized may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/ˈməːsərʌɪz/

Definitions and examples

verb

Treat (cotton fabric or thread) under tension with caustic alkali to impart strength and lustre.
  1. 'From double mercerized golf shirts in elegant tonal patterns to luxurious Tencel/cotton twills, this collection allows those in sizes up to 6XL and 6XL TALL a chance to get a real selection in this higher-caliber product.'
  2. 'For men there is a solid-color 100 percent cotton pique available in 19 colors, and a mercerized solid-color 100 percent cotton pique in four colors, both in sizes S through 3XL.'
  3. 'This company makes a high-end line of wovens, with an emphasis on dress shirts, as well as mercerized knits.'
  4. '‘The best place to make mercerized fabrics is still Italy, but they are very expensive,’ says Kwok.'
  5. 'Examples of tablet-woven braids: including a tie-dyed woollen braid, left, two braids in No 8 mercerised cotton, and a double faced technique in very fine cotton.'
  6. 'Designed to be strikingly contemporary, and yet timeless, this collection of shirts is crafted from fine 100 per cent two-ply mercerised cotton, with multiple textures to create an enchanting mosaic effect.'
  7. 'It was a superbly tailored shirt and looked ringspun and mercerized.'
  8. 'I'm hoping the yarn is good… it's a mercerized cotton from the Netherlands that can machine washed and dried.'
  9. 'My polo selection was embroidered with a tape customized for the mercerized fabric and looked spectacular.'
  10. 'It's the new fabrics and finishes that will attract the buzz, like mercerized jacquards and pima cotton and pima blended knits, but the good old collar and placket knit polo will march on.'

More definitions

1. to treat (cotton yarns or fabric) with caustic alkali under tension, in order to increase strength, luster, and affinity for dye.

More examples(as adjective)

"knits can be mercerized."

Origin

(mercerize)Mid 19th century: from the name of John Mercer (died 1866), said to have invented the process, + -ize.