noun \ˌsa-chə-ˈrā-shən\

: the act or result of making something very wet

: the act or result of supplying so much of something that no more is wanted

: the act of using military force over a whole area

Full Definition of SATURATION

a :  the act of saturating :  the state of being saturated
b :  satiety, surfeit
:  conversion of an unsaturated to a saturated chemical compound (as by hydrogenation)
:  a state of maximum impregnation: as
a :  complete infiltration :  permeation
b :  the presence in air of the most water possible under existent pressure and temperature
c :  magnetization to the point beyond which a further increase in the intensity of the magnetizing force will produce no further magnetization
a :  chromatic purity :  freedom from dilution with white
b (1) :  degree of difference from the gray having the same lightness —used of an object color
(2) :  degree of difference from the achromatic light-source color of the same brightness —used of a light-source color — compare hue 2c
:  the supplying of a market with as much of a product as it will absorb
:  an overwhelming concentration of military forces or firepower

Examples of SATURATION

  1. Heavy rains resulted in the saturation of the soil.
  2. the saturation of advertising on television

First Known Use of SATURATION

circa 1554

Other Chemical Engineering Terms

alkali, cation, decant, hygroscopic, isotope, oxidize, slurry, solute, viscous

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noun \ˌsach-ə-ˈrā-shən\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of SATURATION

: the act of saturating : the state of being saturated
: conversion of an unsaturated to a saturated chemical compound (as by hydrogenation)
: a state of maximum impregnation; especially : the presence in air of the most water possible under existent pressure and temperature
a : the one of the three psychological dimensions of color perception that is related to the purity of the color and that decreases as the amount of white present in the stimulus increases—called also intensity; compare brightness, hue b (1) : degree of difference from the gray having the same lightness—used of an object color (2) : degree of difference from the achromatic light-source color of the same brightness—used of a light-source color


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

State of an organic compound in which all its carbon atoms are linked by single covalent bonds. Saturation also means the state of a solution or vapour (see vaporization) in which it has the highest possible concentration of the dissolved or vaporized material at a given pressure and temperature. Though it is sometimes possible to bring about supersaturation (a concentration exceeding the equilibrium value), such solutions or vapours are unstable and spontaneously revert to the saturated state, accompanied by the transformation of the excess material to the solid or liquid form (precipitation). See also fatty acid; hydrogenation.


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