|1.||to cause (a liquid) to pass through a fine mesh, porous substance, etc, or (of a liquid) to pass through a fine mesh, porous substance, etc; trickle: rain percolated through the roof|
|2.||to permeate; penetrate gradually: water percolated the road|
|3.||informal (US) (intr) to become active or lively: she percolated with happiness|
|4.||to make (coffee) or (of coffee) to be made in a percolator|
|5.||a product of percolation|
|[C17: from Latin percolāre, from |
percolate per·co·late (pûr'kə-lāt')
v. per·co·lat·ed, per·co·lat·ing, per·co·lates
To cause a liquid to pass slowly through a porous substance or small holes; filter.
To drain or seep through.
To cause a solvent liquid to pass through a mixture, such as a powdered drug, so as to extract the soluble portion.