levigate

levigate

[v. lev-i-geyt; adj. lev-i-git, -geyt]
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:
1605–15; < Latin lēvigātus, past participle of lēvigāre to smooth, pulverize, equivalent to lēv(is) smooth + -igāre v. suffix see fumigate, -ate1

levigation, noun
levigator, noun
unlevigated, adjective
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levigate (ˈlɛvɪˌɡeɪt)
 
vb
1.  (tr) 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.  (tr) to suspend (fine particles) by grinding in a liquid, esp as a method of separating fine from coarse particles
 
adj
4.  botany having a smooth polished surface; glabrous
 
[C17: from Latin lēvigāre, from lēvis smooth]
 
levi'gation
 
n
 
'levigator
 
n

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