per·​co·​la·​tor | \ ˈpər-kə-ˌlā-tər How to pronounce percolator (audio) , nonstandard -kyə- How to pronounce percolator (audio) \

Definition of percolator

: one that percolates specifically : a coffeepot in which boiling water rising through a tube is repeatedly deflected downward through a perforated basket containing ground coffee beans to extract their essence

Examples of percolator in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web During the rehearsal, as coffee bubbled in a percolator, everyone tried to inhabit the characters, old and new, even when the characters voiced opinions that diverged from the actors’ own. New York Times, 29 Sep. 2021 Daydreams and long-term visions, yes, but also the dreams that your night-self drips like a percolator. Gala Mukomolova,, 21 Sep. 2021 That matches the price of a brand-new one at and is a mere $.04 cheaper than the same new percolator on Macy’s website. Lauren Goode, Wired, 23 June 2021 Instead of lugging a French press or percolator into the woods, bring cold brew concentrate or, for a crowd, La Colombe’s cold brew box. Alex Beggs, Bon Appétit, 28 May 2021 And of course, an old-fashioned coffee percolator doesn’t require electricity. Outdoor Life Commerce Team, Outdoor Life, 9 Mar. 2021 There are still plenty of folks for whom coffee isn’t coffee unless it’s made in a percolator. Outdoor Life Commerce Team, Outdoor Life, 9 Mar. 2021 The bear box outside is stocked with cooking supplies, including pots, pans, a coffee percolator and utensils. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 6 Feb. 2020 The percolator is going, the old man said, materializing suddenly in the doorway. David Means, The New Yorker, 14 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of percolator

1830, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of percolator was in 1830

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15 Oct 2021

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“Percolator.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of percolator

: a covered pot that has a narrow tube in the center and that is used for making coffee


per·​co·​la·​tor | \ ˈpər-kə-ˌlāt-ər How to pronounce percolator (audio) \

Medical Definition of percolator

: an apparatus for the extraction of a drug with a liquid solvent by downward displacement

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