Definition of saturation
2 : conversion of an unsaturated to a saturated chemical compound (as by hydrogenation)
3 : a state of maximum impregnation: such asa : complete infiltration : permeationb : the presence in air of the most water possible under existent pressure and temperaturec : 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 whiteb (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 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 of saturation from the Web
State police in Virginia and Maryland, along with other local police departments, plan to increase patrols on state and local highways, set up checkpoints and conduct saturation patrols to target impaired drivers.
However, a host of department units will be patrolling the city, including traffic, beach detail, the mounted horse unit, the special enforcement team, a saturation patrol and several fireworks suppression teams in plainclothes, Bennett said.
Indeed, networks like MTV and A&E are cutting back on scripted programming in favor of cheaper nonfiction and reality shows. FX CEO John Landgraf says the saturation point could come as soon as this year or 2018.
Spider-Man: Homecoming, which stars Tom Holland, might be the tipping point for superhero saturation.
The saturation coverage of Cosby's mistrial is sure to complicate jury selection.
Combined with up-and-coming downtown real estate and restaurants, shops and cafes returning to the district, the topic of saturation and gentrification is on Rehberg's mind as SSSA continues to expand at a rapid pace.
MADD Heartland Chapter president Leann Lewis, whose father was killed by a repeat drunken driving offender in 2008, also believes police officers need both checkpoints and saturation patrols.
Plans include performing sweeps, saturation patrols and warrant arrests to address the use of guns and violence, said Police Chief Stephen Dumyahn of the Zion Police Department.
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First Known Use of saturation
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Definition of saturation for English Language Learners
: 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
Medical Definition of saturation
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, hueb (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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