meaning of soap

1. A substance which dissolves in water, thus forming a lather, and is used as a cleansing agent. Soap is produced by combining fats or oils with alkalies or alkaline earths, usually by boiling, and consists of salts of sodium, potassium, etc. , with the fatty acids (oleic, stearic, palmitic, etc. ). See the Note below, and cf. Saponification. By extension, any compound of similar composition or properties, whether used as a cleaning agent or not.
To rub or wash over with soap.
To flatter; to wheedle.
a cleansing agent made from the salts of vegetable or animal fats

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