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Definitions for percolate
ˈpɜr kəˌleɪt; -lɪt, -ˌleɪt; ˈpɜr kyəˌleɪt; ˈɛs kyəˌleɪtper·co·late

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. percolateverb

    the product of percolation

  2. leach, percolateverb

    permeate or penetrate gradually

    "the fertilizer leached into the ground"

  3. percolateverb

    spread gradually

    "Light percolated into our house in the morning"

  4. percolateverb

    prepare in a percolator

    "percolate coffee"

  5. percolateverb

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

  6. percolate, sink in, permeate, filterverb

    pass through

    "Water permeates sand easily"

  7. perk up, perk, percolate, pick up, gain vigorverb

    gain or regain energy

    "I picked up after a nap"


  1. percolatenoun

    A liquid that has been percolated.

  2. percolateverb

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

  3. percolateverb

    To drain or seep through a porous substance.

    Water percolates through sand.

  4. percolateverb

    To make (coffee) in a percolator.

    I'll percolate some coffee.

  5. percolateverb

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To PERCOLATEverb

    To strain.

    Etymology: percolo, Lat.

    The evidences of fact are percolated through a vast period of ages. Matthew Hale, Origin of Mankind.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Percolateverb

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

  2. Percolateverb

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

  3. Etymology: [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

Examples of percolate in a Sentence

  1. Alex Wagner:

    The streams percolate out of the Milky Way's dense gas disk, the jet diverges from a pencil beam into tendrils, like that of an octopus.

  2. Orrin Hatch:

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

  3. Chirag Dekate:

    It's not just a jingoistic race between the U.S. and China, the innovations that Intel is developing here will percolate down to other parts of its business.

  4. John Banzhaf:

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

  5. Paul Irving:

    There is a lot more talk in business circles about the human capital value of older workers, but we're still in early innings, it takes time for things to percolate.

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Translations for percolate

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  • durchsickern, versickern, filtrieren, filternGerman
  • φιλτράρω, διεισδύω, φιλτράρομαιGreek
  • suodattaa, siivilöityä, [[tihkua]] [[läpi]]Finnish
  • sheelManx
  • percolare, drenare, filtrareItalian
  • doordringen, percoleren, doorsijpelen, filtreren, filteren, percolaatDutch
  • przesączyćPolish
  • распространя́ться, процеди́ть, фильтрова́ть, просочи́ться, распространи́ться, перколи́ровать, проце́живать, проходи́ть, проса́чиваться, пройти́Russian

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