Caustic curve(Optics), a curve to which the ray of light, reflected or refracted by another curve, are tangents, the reflecting or refracting curve and the luminous point being in one plane.Caustic lime. See under Lime.Caustic potash, Caustic soda(Chem.), the solid hydroxides potash, KOH, and soda, NaOH, or solutions of the same.Caustic silver, nitrate of silver, lunar caustic.Caustic surface(Optics), a surface to which rays reflected or refracted by another surface are tangents. Caustic curves and surfaces are called catacaustic when formed by reflection, and diacaustic when formed by refraction.

Syn. — Stinging; cutting; pungent; searching.

(Cau"stic), n. [L. causticum See Caustic, a.]

1. Any substance or means which, applied to animal or other organic tissue, burns, corrodes, or destroys it by chemical action; an escharotic.

2. (Optics) A caustic curve or caustic surface.

(Caus"tic*al*ly), adv. In a caustic manner.

(Caus*tic"i*ly) n.

1. The quality of being caustic; corrosiveness; as, the causticity of potash.

2. Severity of language; sarcasm; as, the causticity of a reply or remark.

(Caus"tic*ness) n. The quality of being caustic; causticity.

(Cau"tel) n. [F. cautèle, L. cautela, fr. cavere to be on one's guard, to take care.]

1. Caution; prudence; wariness. [Obs.] Fulke.

2. Craft; deceit; falseness. [Obs.] Shak.

(Cau"te*lous) a. [F. cauteleux, LL. cautelosus. See Cautel.]

1. Caution; prudent; wary. [Obs.] "Cautelous, though young." Drayton.

2. Crafty; deceitful; false. [Obs.] Shak.

Cau"te*lous*ly, adv.Cau"te*lous*ness, n. [Obs.]

(Cau"ter) n. [F. cautère, L. cauterium, fr. Gr. a branding iron, fr. to burn. Cf. Caustic, Cautery.] A hot iron for searing or cauterizing. Minsheu.

(Cau"ter*ant) n. A cauterizing substance.

Causewayed to Caviling

(Cause"wayed Cau"seyed) a. Having a raised way (causeway or causey); paved. Sir W. Scott. C. Bronté.

(Cau*sid"i*cal) a. [L. causidicakis; causa a cause in law + dicare to say.] Pertaining to an advocate, or to the maintenance and defense of suits.

(Caus"tic Caus"tic*al) a. [L. caustucs, Ge. fr. to burn. Cf. Calm, Ink.]

1. Capable of destroying the texture of anything or eating away its substance by chemical action; burning; corrosive; searing.

2. Severe; satirical; sharp; as, a caustic remark.

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