percolator

noun

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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web 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, 16 June 2022 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, 16 June 2022 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, 16 June 2022 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, 16 June 2022 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, 16 June 2022 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, refinery29.com, 21 Sep. 2021 That matches the price of a brand-new one at Walmart.com and is a mere $.04 cheaper than the same new percolator on Macy’s website. Lauren Goode, Wired, 23 June 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1830, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of percolator was in 1830

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Cite this Entry

“Percolator.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/percolator. Accessed 6 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

percolator

noun
per·​co·​la·​tor ˈpər-kə-ˌlāt-ər How to pronounce percolator (audio)
: a coffeepot in which boiling water rising through a tube is repeatedly turned downward through a basket with holes that contains ground coffee beans to make coffee

Medical Definition

percolator

noun
per·​co·​la·​tor ˈpər-kə-ˌlāt-ər How to pronounce percolator (audio)
: an apparatus for the extraction of a drug with a liquid solvent by downward displacement

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