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levigate

[v. lev-i-geyt; adj. lev-i-git, -geyt] /v. ˈlɛv ɪˌgeɪt; adj. ˈlɛv ɪ gɪt, -ˌgeɪt/
verb (used with object), levigated, levigating.
1.
to rub, grind, or reduce to a fine powder, as in a mortar, with or without the addition of a liquid.
2.
Chemistry. to make a homogeneous mixture of, as gels.
adjective
3.
Botany. having a smooth, glossy surface; glabrous.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; < Latin lēvigātus, past participle of lēvigāre to smooth, pulverize, equivalent to lēv(is) smooth + -igāre v. suffix see fumigate, -ate1
Related forms
levigation, noun
levigator, noun
unlevigated, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for levigate

levigate

/ˈlɛvɪˌɡeɪt/
verb (chem)
1.
(transitive) to grind into a fine powder or a smooth paste
2.
to form or cause to form a homogeneous mixture, as in the production of gels
3.
(transitive) to suspend (fine particles) by grinding in a liquid, esp as a method of separating fine from coarse particles
adjective
4.
(botany) having a smooth polished surface; glabrous
Derived Forms
levigation, noun
levigator, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin lēvigāre, from lēvis smooth
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