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 The government has been adding hospital beds to meet the surge, but the health system is struggling to staff intensive care units, and the primary care system, where most coronavirus patients are treated, is showing signs of saturation. Washington Post, "Uruguay, once a coronavirus model, struggles against a deadly wave," 12 May 2021 Although advertising revenue continues to grow, the volume of Facebook’s ads served across its platforms might well be reaching a saturation point. Laura Forman, WSJ, "Facebook Needs Users to Shop, Not Drop," 28 Apr. 2021 Now, though, as with all trends that reach a certain degree of saturation, such references have become so commonplace as to be vaguely predictable. Rosalind Jana, refinery29.com, "Why Do Fashion People Love Virginia Woolf So Much?," 30 Mar. 2021 After all, these drugs saw their last cultural saturation point in the America of the 1960s, during which time they were broadly associated with the loose hippie ethos of free love, protest, and, well, anti-capitalist activism. John Semley, The New Republic, "The Outlaw Chemists Who Deserve a Cut of the Psychedelic Gold Rush," 8 Mar. 2021 Donaldson is a voracious consumer of baseball's information saturation, putting a lot of thought into his approach and his routine. Phil Miller, Star Tribune, "In 2021, Josh Donaldson isn't looking for a rerun of 2020 with the Twins," 30 Jan. 2021 And as the livestreaming space grew to unexpected heights of saturation in 2020, Twitch found its footing with hours-long festival-style events. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The Year in Livestreams 2020: Twitch Brings Artists Together to Maximize Impact," 11 Dec. 2020 Many of the spots treated Collins as an appendage of Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, which is not the perception locals tend to have of their longtime senator, and reached the point of saturation. W. James Antle Iii, Washington Examiner, "The swing senator," 19 Nov. 2020 Ocubillo was unsure if the city would reach a point of parklet saturation. Nora Mishanec, SFChronicle.com, "S.F. parklets a lifeline for restaurants, but raise concerns for disability advocates," 16 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of saturation

circa 1554, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of saturation was circa 1554

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“Saturation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/saturation. Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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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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