Definitions for saturationˌsætʃ əˈreɪ ʃən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

sat•u•ra•tionˌsætʃ əˈreɪ ʃən(n.)

  1. the act or process of saturating.

  2. the state of being saturated.

  3. a condition in the atmosphere corresponding to 100 percent relative humidity.

    Category: Meteorology

  4. the degree of chroma or purity of a color; the degree of freedom from admixture with white.

    Category: Optics

  5. the state of maximum magnetization of a ferromagnetic material.

    Category: Electricity and Magnetism

Origin of saturation:

1545–55; < LL saturātiō filling; see saturate , -tion

Princeton's WordNet

  1. impregnation, saturation(noun)

    the process of totally saturating something with a substance

    "the impregnation of wood with preservative"; "the saturation of cotton with ether"

  2. saturation(noun)

    the act of soaking thoroughly with a liquid

  3. saturation(noun)

    a condition in which a quantity no longer responds to some external influence

  4. saturation, chroma, intensity, vividness(noun)

    chromatic purity: freedom from dilution with white and hence vivid in hue


  1. saturation(Noun)

    the act of saturating or the process of being saturated

  2. saturation(Noun)

    the condition in which, after a sufficient increase in a causal force, no further increase in the resultant effect is possible; e.g. the state of a ferromagnetic material that cannot be further magnetized

  3. saturation(Noun)

    the state of a saturated solution

  4. saturation(Noun)

    the state of an organic compound that has no double or triple bonds

  5. saturation(Noun)

    the state of the atmosphere when it is saturated with water vapour; 100% humidity

  6. saturation(Noun)

    the intensity or vividness of a colour

  7. saturation(Noun)

    intense bombing of a military target with the aim of destroying it

  8. saturation(Noun)

    the flooding of a market with all of a product that can be sold

  9. saturation(Noun)

    an effect on the sound of an electric guitar, used primarily in heavy metal music

Webster Dictionary

  1. Saturation(noun)

    the act of saturating, or the state of being saturating; complete penetration or impregnation

  2. Saturation(noun)

    the act, process, or result of saturating a substance, or of combining it to its fullest extent

  3. Saturation(noun)

    freedom from mixture or dilution with white; purity; -- said of colors


  1. Colorfulness

    In colorimetry and color theory, colorfulness, chroma, and saturation are related but distinct concepts referring to the perceived intensity of a specific color. Colorfulness is the degree of difference between a color and gray. Chroma is the colorfulness relative to the brightness of another color that appears white under similar viewing conditions. Saturation is the colorfulness of a color relative to its own brightness. Though this general concept is intuitive, terms such as chroma, saturation, purity, and intensity are often used without great precision, and even when well-defined depend greatly on the specific color model in use. A highly colorful stimulus is vivid and intense, while a less colorful stimulus appears more muted, closer to gray. With no colorfulness at all, a color is a “neutral” gray. With three attributes—colorfulness, lightness, and hue—any color can be described.

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