Percolate



[verb pur-kuh-leyt; noun pur-kuh-lit, -leyt] /verb ˈpɜr kəˌleɪt; noun ˈpɜr kə lɪt, -ˌleɪt/

verb (used with object), percolated, percolating.
1.
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 .
verb (used without object), percolated, percolating.
4.
to pass through a porous substance; filter; ooze; seep; trickle.
5.
to become percolated:
The coffee is starting to percolate.
6.
to become active, lively, or spirited.
7.
to show activity, movement, or life; grow or spread gradually; germinate:
Interest in the idea has begun to percolate.
noun
8.
a percolated liquid.
verb (ˈpɜːkəˌleɪt)
1.
to cause (a liquid) to pass through a fine mesh, porous substance, etc, or (of a liquid) to pass through a fine mesh, porous substance, etc; trickle: rain percolated through the roof
2.
to permeate; penetrate gradually: water percolated the road
3.
(intransitive) (US, informal) to become active or lively: she percolated with happiness
4.
to make (coffee) or (of coffee) to be made in a percolator
noun (ˈpɜːkəlɪt; -ˌleɪt)
5.
a product of percolation
v.

1620s, a back-formation from percolation, or else from Latin percolatus, past participle of percolare “to strain through.” Figurative sense by 1670s. Related: Percolated; percolating.

percolate per·co·late (pûr’kə-lāt’)
v. per·co·lat·ed, per·co·lat·ing, per·co·lates

n. (-lĭt, -lāt’)
A liquid that has been percolated.per’co·la’tion n.

verb

[all senses fr the coffee-making device; sense of ”run well,” for example, fr the steady cheery bubbling of the coffeemaker]

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