Pronunciation: (shoog'ur), [key]
1. a sweet, crystalline substance, C12H22O11, obtained chiefly from the juice of the sugarcane and the sugar beet, and present in sorghum, maple sap, etc.: used extensively as an ingredient and flavoring of certain foods and as a fermenting agent in the manufacture of certain alcoholic beverages; sucrose. Cf. beet sugar, cane sugar.
2. Chem.a member of the same class of carbohydrates, as lactose, glucose, or fructose.
3. (sometimes cap.) an affectionate or familiar term of address (sometimes offensive when used to strangers, casual acquaintances, subordinates, etc., esp. by a male to a female).
4. a word formerly used in communications to represent the letter S.
1. to cover, sprinkle, mix, or sweeten with sugar.
2. to make agreeable.
1. to form sugar or sugar crystals.
2. to make maple sugar.
3. sugar off,(in making maple sugar) to complete the boiling down of the syrup in preparation for granulation.
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