|1.||to fill, soak, or imbue totally|
|2.||to make (a chemical compound, vapour, solution, magnetic material, etc) saturated or (of a compound, vapour, etc) to become saturated|
|3.||(tr) military to bomb or shell heavily|
|4.||a less common word for saturated|
|[C16: from Latin saturāre, from satur sated, from satis enough]|
|1.||See also supersaturated (of a solution or solvent) containing the maximum amount of solute that can normally be dissolved at a given temperature and pressure|
|2.||(of a colour) having a large degree of saturation|
|3.||of a chemical compound|
|a. containing no multiple bonds and thus being incapable of undergoing additional reactions: a saturated hydrocarbon|
|b. containing no unpaired valence electrons|
|4.||polyunsaturated See also unsaturated (of a fat, esp an animal fat) containing a high proportion of fatty acids having single bonds|
|5.||See also supersaturated (of a vapour) containing the equilibrium amount of gaseous material at a given temperature and pressure|
|6.||(of a magnetic material) fully magnetized|
|7.||extremely wet; soaked|
saturate sat·u·rate (sāch'ə-rāt')
v. sat·u·rat·ed, sat·u·rat·ing, sat·u·rates
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.
Unable to hold or contain more; full.
Soaked with moisture; drenched.
Combined with or containing all the solute that can normally be dissolved at a given temperature.
Having all available valence bonds filled. Used especially of organic compounds.
|saturated (sāch'ə-rā'tĭd) Pronunciation Key
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