- a kind of coffeepot in which boiling water in a repeated process is forced up a hollow stem, filters down through ground coffee in a sievelike container, and returns to the pot below.
- something that percolates.
Origin of percolator
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Examples from the Web for percolator
In this treatise he describes and illustrates the Rumford percolator.All About Coffee
William H. Ukers
This coffee that I've been making in the percolator is all ready, Bettina!
Bob can make the coffee in the percolator in a little while, when we're ready.
In the dining-room is an electric chafing dish and a percolator.Inventors at Work
(Troy) of ginger in fine powder into a percolator, and pour on it 12 ounces (old measure) of pure ether.
- a kind of coffeepot in which boiling water is forced up through a tube and filters down through the coffee grounds into a container
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Word Origin and History for percolator
1795, agent noun in Latin form from percolate. Slang meaning "house party" is recorded from 1946.
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