What does percolate mean?

Definitions for percolateˈpɜr kəˌleɪt; -lɪt, -ˌleɪt; ˈpɜr kyəˌleɪt; ˈɛs kyəˌleɪt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word percolate.

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

  3. Origin: [L. percolatus, p. p. of percolare to percolate; per through + colare to strain.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Percolate

    pėr′kō-lāt, v.t. to strain through pores or small openings, as a liquid: to filter.—v.i. to pass or ooze through very small openings: to filter.—n. a filtered liquid.—ns. Percolā′tion, act of filtering; Per′colator, a filtering vessel. [L. percolāre,-ātumper, through, colāre, to strain.]


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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of percolate in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of percolate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Orrin Hatch:

    Sometimes you just have to let it percolate for a while.

  2. John Banzhaf:

    These decisions are harbingers, it does take time for new ideas to percolate through the system.

  3. Elvis Picardo:

    As the index has moved higher we have seen the strength percolate to other (non-resource) sectors as well.

Images & Illustrations of percolate

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Translations for percolate

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • durchsickern, filtern, versickern, filtrierenGerman
  • φιλτράρομαι, φιλτράρω, διεισδύωGreek
  • suodattaa, [[tihkua]] [[läpi]], siivilöityäFinnish
  • sheelManx
  • filtrare, percolare, drenareItalian
  • filtreren, percolaat, filteren, doorsijpelen, percoleren, doordringenDutch
  • przesączyćPolish
  • проходи́ть, проце́живать, перколи́ровать, распространи́ться, процеди́ть, распространя́ться, фильтрова́ть, просочи́ться, проса́чиваться, пройти́Russian

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