- the act or process of saturating.
- the state of being saturated.
- Meteorology. a condition in the atmosphere corresponding to 100 percent relative humidity.
- the degree of chroma or purity of a color; the degree of freedom from admixture with white.
- Magnetism. the state of maximum magnetization of a ferromagnetic material.
Origin of saturation
Related Words for saturationoverload, congestion, concentration, superabundance, plethora, impregnation, engorgement, soaking, surfeit, intensity, satiety, permeation, imbibition, interpenetration
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Contemporary Examples of saturation
That weekend initiated the phenomenon of saturation TV coverage.Death of JFK Spawned an Industry That Thrived for Decades
November 24, 2013
Otherwise the saturation coverage of the young victims will, over time, come to seem awfully hollow.In Between Mass Shootings, the Media Have Been MIA on Guns
December 17, 2012
In the saturation coverage that followed the Connecticut school massacre, some in the media made an awful mistake.Media Misfire: Accusing the Wrong Man in Connecticut Shooting
December 15, 2012
“I have reached a saturation point on the small talk about her clothes,” Givhan writes.Michelle Obama’s Signs of Fashion Restraint on Election Night
November 7, 2012
And so, I have reached a saturation point on the small talk about her clothes.First Lady Fashion Fatigue
November 5, 2012
Historical Examples of saturation
In fact, the saturation of the soil is more likely to be a benefit than otherwise.American Rural Highways
T. R. Agg
Only when it remains blue, has the point of saturation been reached.
As the 23d of October had arrived we were glad to avoid daily saturation.A Canyon Voyage
Frederick S. Dellenbaugh
The saturation often falls to 30 per cent., but with great variability.Farm drainage
Henry Flagg French
But he was the example of a spirit with which the whole age was filled to saturation.Nineteenth Century Questions
James Freeman Clarke
- the act of saturating or the state of being saturated
- chem the state of a chemical compound, solution, or vapour when it is saturated
- meteorol the state of the atmosphere when it can hold no more water vapour at its particular temperature and pressure, the relative humidity then being 100 per cent
- the attribute of a colour that enables an observer to judge its proportion of pure chromatic colourSee also colour
- physics the state of a ferromagnetic material in which it is fully magnetized. The magnetic domains are then all fully aligned
- electronics the state of a valve or semiconductor device that is carrying the maximum current of which it is capable and is therefore unresponsive to further increases of input signal
- the level beyond which demand for a product or service is not expected to increase
- denoting the maximum possible intensity of coverage of an areasaturation bombing; a saturation release of a film
1550s, formed in English from saturate, or else from Late Latin saturationem (nominative saturatio), noun of action from past participle stem of saturare. Saturation bombing is from 1942, first in reference to Allied air raid on Cologne, Germany.
- The act or process of saturating.
- The condition of being saturated.
- The condition of being full to or beyond satisfaction; satiety.
- Filling of all the available sites on an enzyme molecule by its substrate, or on a hemoglobin molecule by molecular oxygen or carbon monoxide.
- In optics, the degree which colors of the same wavelength are differentiated from one another on the basis of purity which correlates with the amount of white present, such as red from pink.
- The state of a physical system, such as a solution, containing as much of another substance, such as a solute, as is possible at a given temperature or pressure.
- The vividness of a color's hue. Saturation measures the degree to which a color differs from a gray of the same darkness or lightness. Compare hue value.
- The state of being a saturated organic compound. See more at saturated.