[ pur-mee-eyt ]
/ ˈpɜr miˌeɪt /
verb (used with object), per·me·at·ed, per·me·at·ing.
to pass into or through every part of: Bright sunshine permeated the room.
to penetrate through the pores, interstices, etc., of.
to be diffused through; pervade; saturate: Cynicism permeated his report.
verb (used without object), per·me·at·ed, per·me·at·ing.
to become diffused; penetrate.
Words nearby permeate
Origin of permeate
OTHER WORDS FROM permeate
per·me·a·tion, nounper·me·a·tive, adjectiveper·me·a·tor, nounin·ter·per·me·ate, verb (used with object), in·ter·per·me·at·ed, in·ter·per·me·at·ing.
non·per·me·a·tion, nounnon·per·me·a·tive, adjectiveun·per·me·at·ed, adjectiveun·per·me·at·ing, adjectiveun·per·me·a·tive, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for permeator
/ (ˈpɜːmɪˌeɪt) /
to penetrate or pervade (a substance, area, etc)a lovely smell permeated the room
to pass through or cause to pass through by osmosis or diffusionto permeate a membrane
Derived forms of permeatepermeation, nounpermeative, adjective
Word Origin for permeate
C17: from Latin permeāre, from per- through + meāre to pass
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Medicine definitions for permeator
[ pûr′mē-āt′ ]
To spread or flow throughout; pervade.
To pass through the openings or interstices of, as a liquid through a membrane.
One that can permeate.
Other words from permeateper′me•ant (-ənt) null adj.
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