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
Documentaries might be a more vulnerable space, given that the topic has to be exactly right and timely and saturation is an issue.
The Glendale Police Department held saturation patrols across the city from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday.
Kiffe attributed the trend to regulatory changes that make multi-family development loans less attractive, rising construction costs and early signs of saturation in some markets.
Police agencies across the Northwest promise increased patrols (saturation patrols) through Friday through Monday, May 26-29, looking for impaired drivers, speeders, tailgaters and distracted driving.
Consistent with its forbears, the G10’s unaltered stills are balanced and well-exposed with even tones and good saturation.
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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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