- to heat (an alloy or mixture) sufficiently to melt the more fusible matter and thus to separate it from the rest, as in the refining of tin.
- to become separated by such a fusion (often followed by out).
Origin of liquate
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- (tr often foll by out) to separate one component of (an alloy, impure metal, or ore) by heating so that the more fusible part melts
C17: from Latin liquāre to dissolve
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