Definitions

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

  • n. A coffeepot in which boiling water is forced repeatedly up through a central tube to filter back down through a basket of ground coffee beans.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A device used to brew coffee by passing boiling water through coffee grounds

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who, or that which, filters.
  • n. A type of coffee pot in which the heated water is driven by its boiling action up above a porous canister of coffee held above the level of the water in the pot, and then filters (percolates) back through the coffee thus extracting its essence.
  • n. An apparatus for producing an extract from a drug by percolation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who or that which filters.
  • n. A form of filtering coffee-pot.
  • n. A nearly cylindrical or slightly conical vessel with a funnel end below, used in pharmacy for preparing extracts by the process of percolation.
  • n. A perforated plate or gauze partition through which a liquid, in passing, will become finely divided, or descend in a shower or mist.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a coffeepot in which boiling water ascends through a central tube and filters back down through a basket of ground coffee beans

Etymologies

From percolate +‎ -or (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Otherwise coffee from the percolator is the best there is.

    What is the best coffee maker, percolator, for camping?

  • For general home use, a device that employs filter paper or filter cloth is best; for the epicure an improved porcelain French percolator (drip pot) or an improved cloth filter will yield the utmost of coffee's delights.

    All About Coffee

  • Del I have used your method many times when I didn't take a percolator which is inconvienant not so much due to weight as bulk.

    What is the best coffee maker, percolator, for camping?

  • Ive noticed this kind of percolator takes the longest.. but yes making it the previous nite is a good idea.

    How to make South Indian filter coffee

  • ~You'll need a traditional percolator which is made of 4 parts.

    How to make South Indian filter coffee

  • In 1827, Nicholas Felix Durant, a manufacturer of Chalons-sur-Marne, was granted a French patent on a "percolator" employing, for the first time, an inner tube to raise the boiling water for spraying over the ground coffee.

    All About Coffee

  • After this, there were many "percolator" patents in France, England, and the United States, some of which were for improved forms of the original drip method of the De Belloy device.

    All About Coffee

  • a kind of urn "percolator", or filter, employing the vacuum process of coffee making, the upper vessel being made of glass.

    All About Coffee

  • Make it into the brakeman's shed, which is a shingle-roofed tiny house, in which the union keeps a stone- finish cast iron wood stove with a coffee percolator on top with lava hot coffee smelling and Tico's brother, Juan “Tiger” Munoz, who has a 5,000 BTU Ruffneck unit heater also and four deep cushioned chairs, all broken, to fall into, and he's deep in one now.

    Rodeo Days

  • He woke up giggling and gurgling, and when I brought him downstairs, he sat happily in his high chair, banging on the metal tray with a spoon while I filled the percolator with coffee.

    The Bird House

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