saturation

noun
sat·u·ra·tion | \ˌsa-chə-ˈrā-shən \

Definition of saturation 

1a : the act of saturating : the state of being saturated

b : satiety, surfeit

2 : conversion of an unsaturated to a saturated chemical compound (as by hydrogenation)

3 : a state of maximum impregnation: such as

a : complete infiltration : permeation

b : the presence in air of the most water possible under existent pressure and temperature

c : magnetization to the point beyond which a further increase in the intensity of the magnetizing force will produce no further magnetization

4a : chromatic purity : freedom from dilution with white

b(1) : degree of difference from the gray having the same lightness used of an object color

(2) : degree of difference from the achromatic light-source color of the same brightness used of a light-source color — compare hue sense 2c

5 : the supplying of a market with as much of a product as it will absorb

6 : an overwhelming concentration of military forces or firepower

Examples of saturation in a Sentence

Heavy rains resulted in the saturation of the soil. the saturation of advertising on television

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Demand will determine the answer, but so far there is no sign that the resort is nearing the saturation point. Gary D'amato, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "D'Amato: How Sand Valley Golf Resort is transforming central Wisconsin," 30 June 2018 But the White House and defenders of Trump’s policy seized on this, and the media saturation of this photograph, to illustrate stories about family separation. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Time’s crying girl photo controversy, explained," 22 June 2018 Shania Twain isn’t in the midst of a comeback in the career sense; releasing just three albums in the last 20 years doesn’t really get an all-time best-selling pop star to the saturation point where public image falls off. Dan Weiss, Philly.com, "Shania Twain is still a rock star at the Wells Fargo Center," 13 July 2018 The last week of the race the saturation television campaign funded by the PAC halted when organizers pulled all of their advertising spots, perhaps a tacit acknowledgement the race was out of reach. Greg Moran, sandiegouniontribune.com, "DA race: Early lead for Stephan against challenger Jones-Wright," 5 June 2018 The saturation media coverage of the president’s scandals is also interfering with anti-Trump messaging about his broken promises to precisely this element of the electorate. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "White Working-Class Voters May Not Care About Trump Scandals," 19 Apr. 2018 Instead of the saturation waves of shelling across the whole neighborhood, strikes alternated on each side of the house hosting the media center, getting closer each time. Anne Barnard, New York Times, "Syrian Forces Aimed to Kill Journalists, U.S. Court Is Told," 9 Apr. 2018 For all the saturation coverage that politics receives, its still a pretty small part of the news diet for most people. Benjy Sarlin, NBC News, "‘Fake news’ went viral in 2016. This expert studied who clicked.," 14 Jan. 2018 Putin also used the euphoria and media saturation of the World Cup to quietly pass an increase in Russia’s retirement age from 60 to 65. Ian Bremmer, Time, "The World Cup’s Biggest Winners and Losers So Far—Both On and Off the Field," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of saturation

circa 1554, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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saturation

noun

English Language Learners Definition of saturation

: the act or result of making something very wet

: the act or result of supplying so much of something that no more is wanted

: the act of using military force over a whole area

saturation

noun
sat·u·ra·tion | \ˌsach-ə-ˈrā-shən \

Medical Definition of saturation 

1 : the act of saturating : the state of being saturated

2 : conversion of an unsaturated to a saturated chemical compound (as by hydrogenation)

3 : a state of maximum impregnation especially : the presence in air of the most water possible under existent pressure and temperature

4a : the one of the three psychological dimensions of color perception that is related to the purity of the color and that decreases as the amount of white present in the stimulus increases

called also intensity

— compare brightness, hue

b(1) : degree of difference from the gray having the same lightness used of an object color

(2) : degree of difference from the achromatic light-source color of the same brightness used of a light-source color

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