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percolate

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verb per·co·late \ˈpər-kə-ˌlāt, ÷-kyə-\

Simple Definition of percolate

  • : to pass slowly through something that has many small holes in it

  • : to spread slowly

  • : to make (coffee) in a special pot (called a percolator)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of percolate

percolated

percolating

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to cause (a solvent) to pass through a permeable substance (as a powdered drug) especially for extracting a soluble constituent b :  to prepare (coffee) in a percolator

  3. 2 :  to be diffused through :  penetrate

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to ooze or trickle through a permeable substance :  seep

  6. 2 a :  to become percolated b :  to become lively or effervescent

  7. 3 :  to spread gradually <allow the sunlight to percolate into our rooms — Norman Douglas>

  8. 4 :  simmer 2a <the feud had been percolating for a long time>

percolation

play \ˌpər-kə-ˈlā-shən\ noun

Examples of percolate in a sentence

  1. Sunlight percolated down through the trees.

  2. Rumors percolated throughout the town.

  3. There is nothing like percolating coffee over an open campfire.

  4. Coffee was percolating on the stove.



Origin and Etymology of percolate

Latin percolatus, past participle of percolare, from per- through + colare to sieve — more at per-, colander


First Known Use: 1626

Rhymes with percolate

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PERCOLATE Defined for Kids

percolate

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verb per·co·late \ˈpər-kə-ˌlāt\

Definition of percolate for Students

percolated

percolating

  1. 1 :  to trickle or cause to trickle through something porous :  ooze <Water percolated through sand.>

  2. 2 :  to prepare (coffee) by passing hot water through ground coffee beans again and again

percolation

\ˌpər-kə-ˈlā-shən\ noun

percolator

\-ˌlā-tər\ noun



Medical Dictionary

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percolate

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verb per·co·late \ˈpər-kə-ˌlāt\

Medical Definition of percolate

percolated

;

percolating

  1. 1

  2. transitive verb

  3. :  to cause (a solvent) to pass through a permeable substance (as a powdered drug) especially for extracting a soluble constituent

  4. 2:  to be diffused through

  5. 1

  6. intransitive verb

  7. :  to ooze or trickle through a permeable substance

  8. 2:  to become percolated




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percolate

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noun per·co·late \-ˌlāt, -lət\

Medical Definition of percolate

  1. :  a product of percolation




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