levigate

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verb lev·i·gate \ˈle-və-ˌgāt\

Definition of levigate

levigated

levigating

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  polish, smooth

  3. 2 a :  to grind to a fine smooth powder while in moist condition b :  to separate (fine powder) from coarser material by suspending in a liquid

levigation

play \ˌle-və-ˈgā-shən\ noun

Did You Know?

Levigate comes from Latin levigatus, the past participle of the verb levigare ("to make smooth"). Levigare is derived in part from levis, the Latin word for "smooth." Alleviate and levity can also be traced back to a Latin levis, and the levi- root in both words might suggest a close relationship with levigate. This is not the case, however. The Latin levis that gives us alleviate and levity does not mean "smooth," but "light" (in the sense of having little weight). One possible relative of levigate in English is oblivion, which comes from the Latin oblivisci ("to forget"), a word which may be a combination of ob- ("in the way") and the levis that means "smooth."

Origin and Etymology of levigate

Latin levigatus, past participle of levigare to make smooth, from levis smooth (akin to Greek leios smooth and perhaps to Latin linere to smear) + -igare (akin to agere to drive) — more at lime, agent


First Known Use: 1612


Medical Dictionary

levigate

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transitive verb lev·i·gate \ˈlev-ə-ˌgāt\

Medical Definition of levigate

levigated

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levigating

  1. :  to grind to a fine smooth powder while in moist condition <by first levigating the zinc oxide with a small amount of glycerin a smooth paste is obtained—Art of Compounding>

levigation

\ˌlev-ə-ˈgā-shən\play noun

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