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 patient’s oxygen saturation, which would normally be well over 90 percent, was in the 60s, dangerously low. New York Times, 4 Aug. 2022 That’s an enormous spread for readings as crucial as blood oxygen saturation, which can guide life-or-death interventions for critically ill patients. A. Ian Wong, STAT, 8 July 2022 The company also stands to benefit from reports of over-saturation in the streaming world. Caitlin Huston, The Hollywood Reporter, 4 May 2022 Havrilesky won’t win over everyone with her high-saturation comic style. Washington Post, 11 Feb. 2022 Inside the library Wednesday night, doctors from the Do No Harm Coalition led by Dr. Rupa Marya checked Omolade and San-Chez’s blood pressure, oxygen saturation, and other vital signs. Annie Vainshtein, San Francisco Chronicle, 4 Feb. 2022 Epstein explained that one of the first things hospital personnel look at is oxygen saturation, which can be measured through a pulse oximeter. Daniel I. Dorfman, chicagotribune.com, 13 Jan. 2022 Fluorescent color, extreme saturation, and even swirling prints and patterns. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, 11 Jan. 2022 They were monitored for oxygen saturation, carbon dioxide, and other vital signs. Outside Online, 5 Dec. 2021 See More

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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 15 Aug. 2022.

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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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