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

  1. (v.t.)to cause (a liquid) to pass through a porous body; filter.

  2. (of a liquid) to filter through; permeate.

  3. to brew (coffee) in a percolator.

    Category: Cooking

  4. (v.i.)to pass through a porous substance; filter; ooze; seep; trickle.

  5. to become percolated.

  6. to become active, lively, or spirited.

  7. to spread or grow gradually.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  8. (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


Princeton's WordNet

  1. percolate(verb)

    the product of percolation

  2. leach, percolate(verb)

    permeate or penetrate gradually

    "the fertilizer leached into the ground"

  3. percolate(verb)

    spread gradually

    "Light percolated into our house in the morning"

  4. percolate(verb)

    prepare in a percolator

    "percolate coffee"

  5. percolate(verb)

    cause (a solvent) to pass through a permeable substance in order to extract a soluble constituent

  6. percolate, sink in, permeate, filter(verb)

    pass through

    "Water permeates sand easily"

  7. perk up, perk, percolate, pick up, gain vigor(verb)

    gain or regain energy

    "I picked up after a nap"


  1. percolate(Noun)

    A liquid that has been percolated.

  2. percolate(Verb)

    To pass a liquid through a porous substance; to filter.

  3. percolate(Verb)

    To drain or seep through a porous substance.

    Water percolates through sand.

  4. percolate(Verb)

    To make (coffee) in a percolator.

    I'll percolate some coffee.

  5. percolate(Verb)

    To spread slowly or gradually; to slowly become noticed or realised.

  6. Origin: From percolare, itself, from per- + colare (from colum, of unknown origin).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Percolate(verb)

    to cause to pass through fine interstices, as a liquor; to filter; to strain

  2. Percolate(verb)

    to pass through fine interstices; to filter; as, water percolates through porous stone


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