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
Recent Examples of percolator from the Web
Stop in here for all your gift shopping: teeny percolators, pots, and pans in every shade of pastel?
Percolator, French press, AeroPress, espresso, pour over, vacuum pot, automatic brew, tin can: People go to great lengths for a good cup of coffee.
The new Bistro is a cross between old-school percolator and currently-fashionable pour-over coffee.
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First Known Use of percolator
PERCOLATOR Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of percolator for English Language Learners
: a covered pot that has a narrow tube in the center and that is used for making coffee
Medical Definition of percolator
: an apparatus for the extraction of a drug with a liquid solvent by downward displacement
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