from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To imbue or impregnate thoroughly: "The recollection was saturated with sunshine” ( Vladimir Nabokov). See Synonyms at charge.
- transitive v. To soak, fill, or load to capacity.
- transitive v. Chemistry To cause (a substance) to unite with the greatest possible amount of another substance.
- adj. Saturated.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To cause to become completely penetrated, impregnated, or soaked; imbue.
- v. To satisfy the affinity of; to cause a substance to become inert by chemical combination with all that it can hold.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To cause to become completely penetrated, impregnated, or soaked; to fill fully; to sate.
- transitive v. To satisfy the affinity of; to cause to become inert by chemical combination with all that it can hold.
- adj. Filled to repletion; saturated; soaked.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To fill full or to excess; cause to be thoroughly penetrated or imbued; soak: as, to saturate a sponge with water; a mind saturated with prejudice.
- In chem., to impregnate or unite with till no more can be received: thus, an acid saturates an alkali, and an alkali saturates an acid, when the point of neutralization has been reached, and the mixture is neither acid nor basic in its character.
- In physics: To bring (a given space or a vapor) into a state of saturation. See saturation .
- To magnetize (a magnet) to saturation, or so that the intensity of its magnetization is the greatest which it can retain when not under the inductive action of a strong magnetic field.
- In optics, to render pure, or free from admixture of white light: said of colors.
- To satisfy.
- In entomology, deep; very intense: applied to colors: as, saturate green, umber, black, etc.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. infuse or fill completely
- v. cause (a chemical compound, vapour, solution, magnetic material) to unite with the greatest possible amount of another substance
Latin saturāre, saturāt-, to fill, from satur, sated; see sā- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin saturatus, perfect passive participle of saturare ("to fill full"), from satur ("full"). (Wiktionary)