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[pur-kuh-ley-ter] /ˈpɜr kəˌleɪ tər/
a kind of coffeepot in which boiling water in a repeated process is forced up a hollow stem, filters down through ground coffee in a sievelike container, and returns to the pot below.
something that percolates.
Origin of percolator
1835-45; percolate + -or2 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for percolator
  • Kim's suggestions are a coffee percolator and a fan, perfect to waft you gently from sleep to wakefulness with minimal distress.
  • Well, you have watched a coffee percolator in action.
  • The percolator drain pan contains a screen that separates the liquid fat from the protein solids.
  • There is also a stove top percolator coffee pot and old fashioned toaster.
  • percolator pans are also a source of significant odors for short periods.
  • Clean and disinfect all porcelain and polished metal surfaces, including the cabinet, percolator orifices and drains.
  • Enzyme electrodes were constructed as a probe for sediments, for the percolator and for the free water.
British Dictionary definitions for percolator


a kind of coffeepot in which boiling water is forced up through a tube and filters down through the coffee grounds into a container
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Word Origin and History for percolator

1795, agent noun in Latin form from percolate. Slang meaning "house party" is recorded from 1946.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for percolator



A party where one sells drinks and food to friends in order to pay one's rent; rent party: You could always get together and charge a few coins and have a percolator (1946+ Black)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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