percolator

play
noun per·co·la·tor \ˈpər-kə-ˌlā-tər, ÷-kyə-\

Definition of percolator

  1. :  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

Circa 1842

First Known Use of percolator

circa 1842


PERCOLATOR Defined for English Language Learners

percolator

play
noun per·co·la·tor \ˈpər-kə-ˌlā-tər, ÷-kyə-\

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 Dictionary

percolator

play
noun per·co·la·tor \ˈpər-kə-ˌlāt-ər\

Medical Definition of percolator

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


Learn More about percolator


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up percolator? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to strike by flicking the finger outward

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • hot-dog--hot-dog--hot-dog--hot-dog-cat
  • Which of the following words is not a synonym for ‘a young person’?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ