saturated

adjective
sat·u·rat·ed | \ˈsa-chə-ˌrā-təd \

Definition of saturated 

1 : full of moisture : made thoroughly wet

2a : being a solution that is unable to absorb or dissolve any more of a solute at a given temperature and pressure

b : being an organic compound having no double or triple bonds between carbon atoms saturated fats

3 of a color : having high saturation : pure

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Examples of saturated in a Sentence

His shirt was saturated with sweat. the area's already saturated freeways

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That said, Paula Hian’s spring 2018 is all about saturated pastels — blush pink, lemony yellow, and grass green — A-line dresses in shrunken jackets with matching midi-skirts. Elizabeth Wellington, Philly.com, "Welcome to Paula Hian's King of Prussia pop-up | Elizabeth Wellington," 12 July 2018 Unlike the catastrophic flash flooding that occurred week after week in parts of the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast in May, which was triggered by a constant deluge and super-saturated soil, Houston’s problem is the exact opposite. Angela Fritz, Washington Post, "Tropical moisture and torrential rain aims at Houston this weekend. Flooding is possible.," 13 June 2018 Generally speaking, frozen desserts made with coconut milk will be higher in saturated fat. Lisa Drayer, CNN, "The scoop on dairy-free 'ice creams'," 8 June 2018 The market is saturated with states that have casinos — 39 of them allow either commercial or tribal casinos or both. Joseph Gerth, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky legislators will miss boat on sports betting | Joseph Gerth," 14 May 2018 But in a city that is already so saturated with restaurants and bars, can the success continue? Nicole Schnitzler, USA TODAY, "Is Chicago the best restaurant city in the America?," 7 May 2018 The beauty blogger field is so saturated with humans who have super-human skin and application skills. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "Beauty Blogger John Mayer Swatches Chanel Lipsticks on His Guitar," 1 May 2018 Pearl lives in a world so saturated with guns that the only question is when, not if, the trigger will be pulled. The Economist, "A gun on every wall“Gun Love” reflects a tragic American reality," 8 Mar. 2018 But by the mid-2000s, the water was so saturated with chemicals, salts and heavy metals that local farmers were petitioning the Madras High Court—the highest court in Tamil Nadu—to not release the water into their fields. Adam Matthews, Newsweek, "The Environmental Crisis in Your Closet," 13 Aug. 2015

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First Known Use of saturated

1741, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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saturated

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of saturated

: completely wet

: completely filled with something

saturated

adjective
sat·u·rat·ed | \ˈsach-ə-ˌrāt-əd \

Medical Definition of saturated 

1 : being a solution that is unable to absorb or dissolve any more of a solute at a given temperature and pressure

2 : being an organic compound having no double or triple bonds between carbon atoms

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