oversaturate

verb over·sat·u·rate \ ˌō-vər-ˈsa-chə-ˌrāt \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of oversaturate

oversaturated; oversaturating
transitive verb
: to saturate to an excessive degree
  • … since the company went public, it's been opening so many stores that it's at risk of oversaturating its own market …
  • —Angela Mulholland
  • … the Pfieffer Canyon Bridge … slipped several feet in February when storms oversaturated the underlying soil.
  • —Kurtis Alexander
  • … settings that don't oversaturate colors or look too dim.
  • —Dieter Bohn
; also : supersaturate
  • oversaturated the water with salt

oversaturated

adjective
    • … delivers impressive image quality. Colors are bright and realistic without being oversaturated.
    • —Luisa Simone
    • Perhaps you remember a chemistry experiment from high school: You dissolve a salt in hot water, let the solution cool down, put a small crystal in the now oversaturated solution—then all of a sudden crystals form.
    • —Bert J. M. de Vries

oversaturation

play \ˌō-vər-ˌsa-chə-ˈrā-shən\ adjective
    • oversaturation of the market with too many action films
    • … colors usually struck a nice balance between accurate and pleasant oversaturation.
    • —Mitt Jones

First Known Use of oversaturate

1745


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