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levigate

[verb lev-i-geyt; adjective lev-i-git, -geyt]
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verb (used with object), lev·i·gat·ed, lev·i·gat·ing.
  1. to rub, grind, or reduce to a fine powder, as in a mortar, with or without the addition of a liquid.
  2. Chemistry. to make a homogeneous mixture of, as gels.
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adjective
  1. Botany. having a smooth, glossy surface; glabrous.
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Origin of levigate

1605–15; < Latin lēvigātus, past participle of lēvigāre to smooth, pulverize, equivalent to lēv(is) smooth + -igāre v. suffix see fumigate, -ate1
Related formslev·i·ga·tion, nounlev·i·ga·tor, nounun·lev·i·gat·ed, adjective
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  • Mark first the rationale of the thing: Hear logic rivel and levigate the deed.

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British Dictionary definitions for levigate

levigate

verb chem
  1. (tr) to grind into a fine powder or a smooth paste
  2. to form or cause to form a homogeneous mixture, as in the production of gels
  3. (tr) to suspend (fine particles) by grinding in a liquid, esp as a method of separating fine from coarse particles
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adjective
  1. botany having a smooth polished surface; glabrous
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Derived Formslevigation, nounlevigator, noun

Word Origin

C17: from Latin lēvigāre, from lēvis smooth
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