Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

nucleate

play
verb nu·cle·ate \ˈnü-klē-ˌāt, ˈnyü-\

Definition of nucleate

nucleated

nucleating

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to form into a nucleus :  cluster

  3. 2 :  to act as a nucleus for

  4. 3 :  to supply nuclei to

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 :  to form a nucleus

  7. 2 :  to act as a nucleus

  8. 3 :  to begin to form

nucleation

play \ˌnü-klē-ˈā-shən, ˌnyü-\ noun

nucleator

play \ˈnü-klē-ˌā-tər, ˈnyü-\ noun


Origin and Etymology of nucleate

Late Latin nucleatus, past participle of nucleare to become stony, from Latin nucleus


First Known Use: circa 1864


Medical Dictionary

nucleate

play
verb nu·cle·ate \ˈn(y)ü-klē-ˌāt\

Medical Definition of nucleate

nucleated

;

nucleating

  1. 1

  2. transitive verb

  3. :  to form into a nucleus

  4. 2:  to act as a nucleus for

  5. 3:  to supply nuclei to

  6. 1

  7. intransitive verb

  8. :  to form a nucleus

  9. 2:  to act as a nucleus

  10. 3:  to begin to form




Learn More about nucleate

  1. Medical Dictionary: Definition of nucleate


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up nucleate? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

prophetic or oracular

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

confounded-person

Which is a synonym of indolent?

lazy melancholy philistine frenetic
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ