percolator

noun
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 The bear box outside is stocked with cooking supplies, including pots, pans, a coffee percolator and utensils. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Winter yurt camping in the Porcupine Mountains is great for beginners," 6 Feb. 2020 The percolator is going, the old man said, materializing suddenly in the doorway. David Means, The New Yorker, "Are You Experienced?," 14 Oct. 2019 This is a somewhat classic hint from the days of percolators! Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: Pooch protein problems?," 28 Sep. 2019 The filter basket, the perk tube and actual coffee maker are all made out of stainless steel, so this percolator is built to last. Alicia Kortendick, oregonlive, "Here are the best coffee makers in honor of National Coffee Day (Sept. 29)," 25 Sep. 2019 The filter basket, the perk tube and actual coffee maker are all made out of stainless steel, so this percolator is built to last. Alicia Kortendick, al, "Here are the best coffee makers in honor of National Coffee Day," 25 Sep. 2019 Some people want to know how folks in the Middle Ages brushed their teeth; others want to know how to extract starch from tubers like sweet potatoes and arrowroot or how to restore a coffee percolator, an old radio, or a pair of leather shoes. Emma Grey Ellis, WIRED, "Spiff Up Your Real-World Skills With Old Timey YouTube," 25 June 2019 The mug retails for $129 on Amazon, while the mug and blender combo go for $149, and the complete set including the percolator and the vehicle adapter sells for $159. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "Your Tea Will Never Go Cold Again With This Smart Travel Mug," 11 Feb. 2019 Back in 2014, Pantone teamed up with Whitbread Wilkinson to release electric coffee percolators in some of their signature colors. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "These Pantone Coffee Makers Will Give Your Kitchen The Colorful Flair You Deserve," 21 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of percolator

1830, in the meaning defined above

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“Percolator.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/percolator. Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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percolator

noun
How to pronounce percolator (audio) How to pronounce percolator (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of percolator

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

percolator

noun
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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