American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The act or process of secreting saliva.
- n. An abnormally abundant flow of saliva.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An abnormally abundant flow of saliva; the act or process of salivating, or producing an excessive secretion of saliva, generally by means of mercury; ptyalism.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Physiol.) The act or process of salivating; an excessive secretion of saliva, often accompanied with soreness of the mouth and gums; ptyalism.
- n. the secretion of saliva
- From Latin salīvātiō. (Wiktionary)
“As Maggie is straight, we were trying to hide our salivation, that is until she started talking about the costume party she went to in her genuine Catholic Schoolgirl uniform and pigtails.”
“He termed the salivation prior to eating "psychic secretion" in his early scientific journals.”
“If it is reactions such as salivation, knee-jerks, and simple motor skills, which were the main field of interest amongst behaviorists, introspective reports may not be of great significance.”
“Thus on the slender basis of the conditioning of reactions such as salivation and simple movements, of”
“In his conditioning experiments he did not confine himself to reactions such as salivation but met with some success in conditioning motor re - sponses as well.”
“He has been pulled much back by the operation of his quicksilver, which flung him into a severe looseness and kind of salivation: it weakened him much and kept him from the air, but it brought off a great load of black stuff from his stomach, and his spirits are exceedingly better.”
“salivation': "An abnormally increased secretion and flow of saliva, especially when due to the effects of drugs, as mercury.”
“Somehow, the color and the flavor become mixed in my perception so that the depth of the fragrance mingles with the richness of color and incites me to salivation, both physically and mentally.”
“Besides, in most Democratic quarters, the prospect of a Barack Obama/Herman Cain match-up in the general election has elicited so much salivation, drool bibs and phlegm gutters are standard issue.”
“Humba is the sugar-braised pork dish you see gloriously displayed here, photo taken right out of the marvelous, delicious, salivation-worthy book The Filipino-American Kitchen.”
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