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Webster 1913 Edition


Saturate

Sat′u-rate

,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Saturated
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Saturating
.]
[L.
saturatus
, p. p. of
saturare
to saturate, fr.
satur
full of food, sated. See
Satire
.]
1.
To cause to become completely penetrated, impregnated, or soaked; to fill fully; to sate.
Innumerable flocks and herds covered that vast expanse of emerald meadow
saturated
with the moisture of the Atlantic.
Macaulay.
Fill and
saturate
each kind
With good according to its mind.
Emerson.
2.
(Chem.)
To satisfy the affinity of; to cause to become inert by chemical combination with all that it can hold;
as, to
saturate
phosphorus with chlorine
.

Sat′u-rate

,
p.
Adj.
[L.
saturatus
, p. p.]
Filled to repletion; saturated; soaked.
Dries his feathers
saturate
with dew.
Cowper.
The sand beneath our feet is
saturate

With blood of martyrs.
Longfellow.

Webster 1828 Edition


Saturate

SAT'URATE

,
Verb.
T.
[L. saturo, from satur, filled; satio, to feed to the full. See Sate.]
1.
To impregnate or unite with, till no more can be received. Thus an acid saturates an alkali, and an alkali saturates an acid, when the solvent can contain no more of the dissolving body.
2.
To supply or fill to fullness.

Definition 2022


saturate

saturate

English

Verb

saturate (third-person singular simple present saturates, present participle saturating, simple past and past participle saturated)

  1. To cause to become completely penetrated, impregnated, or soaked (especially with a liquid).
    • 1815, in the Annals of Philosophy, volume 6, page 332:
      Suppose, on the contrary, that a piece of charcoal saturated with hydrogen gas is put into a receiver filled with carbonic acid gas, []
    • Macaulay
      Innumerable flocks and herbs covered that vast expanse of emerald meadow saturated with the moisture of the Atlantic.
    Rain saturated their clothes.
    After walking home in the driving rain, his clothes were saturated.
  2. To satisfy the affinity of; to cause a substance to become inert by chemical combination with all that it can hold.
    One can saturate phosphorus with chlorine.

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Italian

Verb

saturate

  1. second-person plural present indicative of saturare
  2. second-person plural imperative of saturare
  3. feminine plural of saturato

Latin

Verb

saturāte

  1. second-person plural present active imperative of saturō