- to cause (a liquid) to pass through a porous body; filter.
- (of a liquid) to filter through; permeate.
- to brew (coffee) in a percolator.
- to pass through a porous substance; filter; ooze; seep; trickle.
- to become percolated: The coffee is starting to percolate.
- to become active, lively, or spirited.
- to show activity, movement, or life; grow or spread gradually; germinate: Interest in the idea has begun to percolate.
- a percolated liquid.
Origin of percolate
Examples from the Web for percolate
Russian militants continue to percolate through the Ukrainian border, hoping their Kremlin-stoked fantasies will come true.The Kremlin’s Crazy Shock Troops
May 22, 2014
Novel gun control ideas continue to percolate through the commentariat.Should People Be Forced to Buy Liability Insurance for their Guns?
December 28, 2012
In the U.S., it took more than a decade for the lessons to percolate from the teach-ins to the startups.The Middle East's Other Boom: Entrepreneurship
March 5, 2011
Evaporate the percolate in a water-bath to the consistency of a pill mass.The Medicinal Plants of the Philippines
T. H. Pardo de Tavera
The other was to percolate a similar quantity to get the needed caffeol.All About Coffee
William H. Ukers
Miss Burton paused to allow the idea to percolate into my brain.My Actor-Husband
The first portion of the percolate is colorless or nearly so.Friction, Lubrication and the Lubricants in Horology
William T. Lewis
Even so, a great light was beginning to percolate to my innermost consciousness.One Third Off
Irvin S. Cobb
- 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; tricklerain percolated through the roof
- to permeate; penetrate graduallywater percolated the road
- (intr) US informal to become active or livelyshe percolated with happiness
- to make (coffee) or (of coffee) to be made in a percolator
- a product of percolation
Word Origin and History for percolate
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.
- To cause a liquid to pass slowly through a porous substance or small holes; filter.
- To drain or seep through.
- To cause a solvent liquid to pass through a mixture, such as a powdered drug, so as to extract the soluble portion.
- A liquid that has been percolated.