[ verb sach-uh-reyt; adjective, noun sach-er-it, -uh-reyt ]
/ verb ˈsætʃ əˌreɪt; adjective, noun ˈsætʃ ər ɪt, -əˌreɪt /
verb (used with object), sat·u·rat·ed, sat·u·rat·ing.
to cause (a substance) to unite with the greatest possible amount of another substance, through solution, chemical combination, or the like.
to charge to the utmost, as with magnetism.
to soak, impregnate, or imbue thoroughly or completely: to saturate a sponge with water; a town saturated with charm.
to destroy (a target) completely with bombs and missiles.
to send so many planes over (a target area) that the defensive electronic tracking equipment becomes ineffective.
to furnish (a market) with goods to its full purchasing capacity.
verb (used without object), sat·u·rat·ed, sat·u·rat·ing.
to become saturated.
a saturated fat or fatty acid.
Origin of saturate
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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British Dictionary definitions for oversaturated (1 of 2)
/ (ˌəʊvəˈsætʃəˌreɪtɪd) /
(of igneous rocks) containing excess silica
British Dictionary definitions for oversaturated (2 of 2)
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
[ săch′ə-rāt′ ]
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 formssat′u•ra•ble (săch′ər-ə-bəl) adj.sat′u•ra′tor n.
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