American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To supply with air or expose to the circulation of air: aerate soil.
- v. To expose to oxygen, as in the oxygenation of the blood by respiration.
- v. To supply or charge (liquid) with a gas, especially to charge with carbon dioxide.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To expose to the free action of the air.
- To cause to mix with carbonic-acid or other gas.
- In physiology, to change the circulating fluids of, as animals, by the agency of the air; arterialize.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To combine or charge with gas; usually with carbonic acid gas, formerly called
- v. To supply or impregnate with common air
- v. (Physiol.) To expose to the chemical action of air; to oxygenate (the blood) by respiration; to arterialize.
- v. cause a change by passing air through (of sewage)
- v. impregnate, combine, or supply with oxygen
- v. expose to fresh air
- v. aerate (sewage) so as to favor the growth of organisms that decompose organic matter
- From Latin aer ("air") + -ate. (Wiktionary)
“• Mr. Stupak will take a liquid base, divide it into parts and freeze some, dehydrate some and " aerate " some by pumping air into it, looking for the most interesting texture.”
“If there were, the batter would rise up and aerate more, leaving a fluffier finished product.”
“I have a few bottles of 2005 Clos Triguedina, and suspected I should either wait several more years or aerate for an extended time.”
“Oxygen bubbles escaping from the clay chuncks will aerate the water for several hours.”
“Â We just toss the garbage out and flip it every week with a pitchfork to aerate the compost.”
“Beat on medium-high speed for about 1 minute to smooth out any lumps and aerate the batter.”
“Mark Sarvas does a public service by offering us a reading list compiled by James Wood in 1994 for The Guardian, in which Wood sought to "avoid the ‘representative’, ‘important’ or ‘influential’ and chosen, instead, books which I like, which seemed to me deep and beautiful, which aerate the soul and abrase the conscience …”
“Maybe next week, in Scotland, Mel and Sue will be allowed to aerate the process and we can all have a laugh while we drool as well.”
“You need to aerate the soil once in a while, be on top of the weeds and water as directed.”
“In agriculture alone bees pollinate our crops, birds control pest insects, and invertebrates mix and aerate the soil.”
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