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percolate

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

: 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)

per·co·lat·edper·co·lat·ing

Full Definition of PERCOLATE

transitive verb
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
2
:  to be diffused through :  penetrate
intransitive verb
1
:  to ooze or trickle through a permeable substance :  seep
2
a :  to become percolated
b :  to become lively or effervescent
3
:  to spread gradually <allow the sunlight to percolate into our rooms — Norman Douglas>
4
:  simmer 2a <the feud had been percolating for a long time>
per·co·la·tion \ˌpər-kə-ˈlā-shən\ noun
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Examples of PERCOLATE

  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 of PERCOLATE

Latin percolatus, past participle of percolare, from per- through + colare to sieve — more at per-, colander
First Known Use: 1626

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PERCOLATING Defined for Kids

percolate

verb per·co·late \ˈpər-kə-ˌlāt\
per·co·lat·edper·co·lat·ing

Definition of PERCOLATE for Kids

1
:  to trickle or cause to trickle through something porous :  ooze <Water percolated through sand.>
2
:  to prepare (coffee) by passing hot water through ground coffee beans again and again
per·co·la·tion \ˌpər-kə-ˈlā-shən\ noun
per·co·la·tor \-ˌlā-tər\ noun

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