nucleate

verb
nu·​cle·​ate | \ ˈnü-klē-ˌāt How to pronounce nucleate (audio) , ˈnyü- \
nucleated; nucleating

Definition of nucleate

transitive verb

1 : to form into a nucleus : cluster
2 : to act as a nucleus for
3 : to supply nuclei to

intransitive verb

1 : to form a nucleus
2 : to act as a nucleus
3 : to begin to form

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Other Words from nucleate

nucleation \ ˌnü-​klē-​ˈā-​shən How to pronounce nucleate (audio) , ˌnyü-​ \ noun
nucleator \ ˈnü-​klē-​ˌā-​tər How to pronounce nucleate (audio) , ˈnyü-​ \ noun

Examples of nucleate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These boundaries often contain areas of enhanced wind shear (change in wind direction), leading to pockets of spin that can nucleate a tornado within stronger storm cells. Washington Post, "Christmas Eve storm threatens D.C. with gusty downpours before plunging temperatures," 23 Dec. 2020 At the Plate The study of these zinc oxide plates and how the plates nucleate and grow as secondary structures on zinc oxide surfaces contributes toward America’s goal of a clean, abundant and secure energy future. Marissa Fessenden, Smithsonian, "Scientists Make Art From Objects Invisible to the Naked Eye," 28 Feb. 2017 Ozone forms from nitrogen oxides and hydrocarbons through atmospheric chemical reactions that speed up with heat, while particulates nucleate around liquid droplets and can penetrate deeply into the lungs. Jeffrey Marlow, WIRED, "Climate Change Will Be Hazardous to Your Health," 19 Nov. 2014 At the Plate The study of these zinc oxide plates and how the plates nucleate and grow as secondary structures on zinc oxide surfaces contributes toward America’s goal of a clean, abundant and secure energy future. Marissa Fessenden, Smithsonian, "Scientists Make Art From Objects Invisible to the Naked Eye," 28 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of nucleate

1856, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for nucleate

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

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The first known use of nucleate was in 1856

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11 Jan 2021

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“Nucleate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nucleate. Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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nucleate

verb
nu·​cle·​ate | \ ˈn(y)ü-klē-ˌāt How to pronounce nucleate (audio) \
nucleated; nucleating

Medical Definition of nucleate

transitive verb

1 : to form into a nucleus
2 : to act as a nucleus for
3 : to supply nuclei to

intransitive verb

1 : to form a nucleus
2 : to act as a nucleus
3 : to begin to form

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