Definitions for percolateˈpɜr kəˌleɪt; -lɪt, -ˌleɪt; ˈpɜr kyəˌleɪt; ˈɛs kyəˌleɪt
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
per•co•late*ˈpɜr kəˌleɪt; -lɪt, -ˌleɪt; ˈpɜr kyəˌleɪt; ˈɛs kyəˌleɪt(v.; n.)-lat•ed, -lat•ing
(v.t.)to cause (a liquid) to pass through a porous body; filter.
(of a liquid) to filter through; permeate.
to brew (coffee) in a percolator.
(v.i.)to pass through a porous substance; filter; ooze; seep; trickle.
to become percolated.
to become active, lively, or spirited.
to spread or grow gradually.
Category: Common Vocabulary
(n.)a percolated liquid.
* Pron: The pronunciation of percolate with an intrusive y-glide results from analogy with words like circulate and matriculate, where the y-glide is mandatory. In words like percolate and escalate, where (k) is followed by -o- or -a- rather than -u-, the (y), as in the pronunciationsandrepresents a hypercorrection. See coupon.
Origin of percolate:
1620–30; < L percōlātus, ptp. of percōlāre to filter
the product of percolation
permeate or penetrate gradually
"the fertilizer leached into the ground"
"Light percolated into our house in the morning"
prepare in a percolator
cause (a solvent) to pass through a permeable substance in order to extract a soluble constituent
percolate, sink in, permeate, filter(verb)
"Water permeates sand easily"
perk up, perk, percolate, pick up, gain vigor(verb)
gain or regain energy
"I picked up after a nap"
A liquid that has been percolated.
To pass a liquid through a porous substance; to filter.
To drain or seep through a porous substance.
Water percolates through sand.
To make (coffee) in a percolator.
I'll percolate some coffee.
To spread slowly or gradually; to slowly become noticed or realised.
Origin: From percolare, itself, from per- + colare (from colum, of unknown origin).
to cause to pass through fine interstices, as a liquor; to filter; to strain
to pass through fine interstices; to filter; as, water percolates through porous stone
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