saturation

noun
sat·​u·​ra·​tion | \ ˌsa-chə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce saturation (audio) \

Definition of saturation

1a : 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: 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

Recent Examples on the Web

But only two of the state’s 10 existing casinos have hit the current limit of 1,200 positions, raising questions about whether the state has reached a saturation point. Jason Grotto, ProPublica, "Illinois Is Poised to Become the Gambling Capital of the Midwest," 10 June 2019 Facing saturation elsewhere, global auto makers have banked on China, the world’s largest car market. Trefor Moss, WSJ, "Global Auto Makers Dented as China Car Sales Fall for First Time in Decades," 14 Jan. 2019 Billboard also reported June 6 that the industry at large is happy to indulge Tidal, encouraged by its $19.99/month hi-fidelity tier that can become a growth opportunity once regular streaming subscriptions reach saturation. Dan Rys, Billboard, "Tidal Makes Huge App Store Jump In Downloads, Revenue After The Carters' 'Everything Is Love' Release," 20 June 2018 If the color saturation is to your liking, rinse with cold water until the water runs clear. Wendy Manwarren Generes, Country Living, "How to Dye Your Own Curtains," 22 July 2014 But ours is an age of media saturation, of total brand dominance in every sphere, of 24/7 coverage. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Uncle Drew: A Solid Piece of Branded Content," 29 June 2018 In a time where one of the biggest concerns in the craft brew industry is the fear of market saturation, location is critical for new ventures. Patti Woods, BostonGlobe.com, "Beer without the buzz," 26 June 2018 The level of saturation is a key question — who is going to be allowed to offer it,’’ Ritter said. Christopher Keating, courant.com, "Speaker: State House Favors Sports Betting As Talks Continue," 12 June 2018 And, with more U.S. outlets than McDonald’s restaurants, the company is nearing saturation coverage of its home market. Spencer Jakab, WSJ, "Overly Grande Expectations for Starbucks," 1 Nov. 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 How to pronounce saturation (audio) \

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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