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 department explained that its traffic-enforcement team conducted saturation patrols last weekend in the eastern Navajo region. Chelsea Curtis, azcentral, "57-hour curfew planned for Navajo Nation during Mother's Day weekend," 7 May 2020 Cole's script generally gives him too little to say but his inner voice refuses to shut up, long after the device has reached saturation point. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'All Day and a Night': Film Review," 30 Apr. 2020 The best way to track it down is to look for signs of saturation, such as mud, and begin digging. Dan Seitz, Popular Science, "How to find drinkable water in the wild," 5 Feb. 2020 What Trump seems to have developed here is a kind of full-saturation, totally unabashed flaunting of impunity as something to be worn as a badge of honor. Greg Sargent, The Denver Post, "Sargent: New disclosures about lewd Trump video reveal his mastery of GOP," 11 July 2019 Since 2016, the company’s growth has been driven primarily through acquisitions of other large operators, a strategy driven in part by the saturation of the Illinois market and supported by an infusion of money from private equity firms. Jason Grotto, ProPublica, "Beginner’s Luck: How One Video Gambling Company Worked the Odds and Took Over a State," 3 Mar. 2020 The carnage was the result of a craft-brewing landscape that has grown intensely competitive and that some say has reached market saturation. oregonlive, "The year in beer: Brutal closures, promising startups define a volatile 2019," 23 Dec. 2019 Change is in the air, and the forecast spells saturation and diner fatigue. Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit's big restaurant stories in 2019 — and what to look forward to in 2020," 31 Dec. 2019 And Evans is obviously a fan of saturation and variation. John Adamian, courant.com, "Trumpeter Peter Evans’ Being & Becoming playing Firehouse 12," 25 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of saturation

circa 1554, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Saturation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/saturation. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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saturation

noun
How to pronounce saturation (audio)

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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