Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To make into a smooth, fine powder or paste, as by grinding when moist.
  • transitive v. To separate fine particles from coarse by grinding in water.
  • transitive v. To suspend in a liquid.
  • transitive v. To make smooth; polish.
  • adj. Smooth.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To make smooth or polish.
  • v. To make into a smooth paste or fine powder.
  • v. To separate finer grains from coarser ones by suspension in a liquid.
  • v. To lighten.
  • v. To belittle
  • adj. Smooth.
  • adj. Alleviated.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Made less harsh or burdensome; alleviated.
  • adj. Made smooth, as if polished.
  • transitive v. To free from grit; to reduce to an impalpable powder or paste.
  • transitive v. To mix thoroughly, as liquids or semiliquids.
  • transitive v. To polish.
  • transitive v. To make smooth in action.
  • transitive v. Technically, to make smooth by rubbing in a moist condition between hard surfaces, as in grinding pigments.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To rub or grind to a fine impalpable powder, as in a mortar. See levigation.
  • To plane; polish; make smooth.
  • Smooth as if polished; having a polished surface: applied in botany to leaves, seeds, etc. Also lævigate.
  • To lighten; make light of; belittle the importance of.
  • Lightened; alleviated.

Etymologies

Latin lēvigāre, lēvigāt- : lēvis, smooth; see lei- in Indo-European roots + agere, to make, do; see ag- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From levigatus, past participle of Latin levigo ("I smoothen"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • But if you are neither disposed to burn nor excise, having first fomented with plenty hot water and turned out the anus, levigate myrrh, and having burnt galls and Egyptian alum, in the proportion of one and

    On Hemorrhoids

  • Of squama aeris, as much as three specilla can contain, with the gluten of summer wheat: levigate, pound, form into pills, and give; it purges water downwards.

    On Regimen In Acute Diseases

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