Origin of saturate

1530–40; < Latin saturātus (past participle of saturāre to fill), equivalent to satur- full, well-fed (see sad) + -ātus -ate1
SYNONYMS FOR saturate
3 See wet.
Related formsde·sat·u·rate, verb (used with object), de·sat·u·rat·ed, de·sat·u·rat·ing.o·ver·sat·u·rate, verb (used with object), o·ver·sat·u·rat·ed, o·ver·sat·u·rat·ing.
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Examples from the Web for oversaturated

  • Beyond this region lie the great nations of Asia, "oversaturated" with population.

    Applied Eugenics|Paul Popenoe and Roswell Hill Johnson
  • Oversaturated, the alimentary system refuses to work properly.

    The Iron Ration|George Abel Schreiner

British Dictionary definitions for oversaturated (1 of 2)

oversaturated

/ (ˌəʊvəˈsætʃəˌreɪtɪd) /

adjective

(of igneous rocks) containing excess silica

British Dictionary definitions for oversaturated (2 of 2)

saturate


verb (ˈsætʃəˌreɪt)

to fill, soak, or imbue totally
to make (a chemical compound, vapour, solution, magnetic material, etc) saturated or (of a compound, vapour, etc) to become saturated
(tr) military to bomb or shell heavily

adjective (ˈsætʃərɪt, -ˌreɪt)

a less common word for saturated
Derived Formssaturater or saturator, noun

Word Origin for saturate

C16: from Latin saturāre, from satur sated, from satis enough
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Medicine definitions for oversaturated

saturate

[ săchə-rāt′ ]

v.

To imbue or impregnate thoroughly.
To soak, fill, or load to capacity.
To cause a substance to unite with the greatest possible amount of another substance.
To satisfy all the chemical affinities of a substance; neutralize.
To dissolve a substance up to that concentration beyond which the addition of more results in a second phase.
Related formssatu•ra•ble (săchər-ə-bəl) adj.satu•ra′tor n.
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