per·​co·​la·​tor | \ˈpər-kə-ˌlā-tər, nonstandard -kyə- \

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

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Rummage for old neon signs and vintage percolators at Remember When Antiques in Sunset? Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, "Road Trip: 5 Days from New Orleans to Houston," 19 July 2018 From Jarden's Product Family Founded in the early 1970s in Cleveland, Ohio, Mr. Coffee helped popularize drip coffee makers for home use, a market dominated until then by percolators. Sharon Terlep, WSJ, "A Megadeal Joined Sharpie Markers and Crock-Pots. What Could Go Wrong? A Lot," 2 May 2018 The old-school brewing method involves placing coffee grounds and a filter over a coffee cup, then slowly pouring water over the grounds in a method somewhere between a french press and a percolator. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "This DIY Assembly Lets You Make Coffee the Really, Really Old-Fashioned Way," 7 Mar. 2016 On most mornings, Grant would get up first to put on the trusty percolator. Ann Maloney,, "Sail-gating in the Caribbean: Go gourmet on your sailboat," 12 July 2017 A french press or stove top coffee percolator (made of glass) would be your best bet for a standard cup of joe. Steven Macari, Harper's BAZAAR, "How to Maximize the Health Benefits of Coffee," 13 Mar. 2015 Percolator, French press, AeroPress, espresso, pour over, vacuum pot, automatic brew, tin can: People go to great lengths for a good cup of coffee. Joanna Klein, New York Times, "Sign Up for the Science Times Newsletter," 16 June 2016 The new Bistro is a cross between old-school percolator and currently-fashionable pour-over coffee. Charlie Sorrel, WIRED, "Bodum Bistro Drip Coffee Maker: It’s Not Bitter," 23 Jan. 2012 Stop in here for all your gift shopping: teeny percolators, pots, and pans in every shade of pastel? Lori Keong, Marie Claire, "Weekend Trip Guide: Where to Stay, Eat, and Drink in Verona," 15 May 2017

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1830, in the meaning defined above

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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 \

Medical Definition of percolator 

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

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