verb (used with object)
to heat (an alloy or mixture) sufficiently to melt the more fusible matter and thus to separate it from the rest, as in the refining of tin.
verb (used without object)
to become separated by such a fusion (often followed by out ).
Origin: 1660–70; Related forms
< Latin liquātus,
past participle of liquāre
to liquefy, melt. See liquid
liquation /laɪˈkweɪʃən, -ʒən/ [lahy-kwey-shuhn, -zhuhn] Show IPA , noun