from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act, process, or operation of softening and almost dissolving by steeping in a fluid. See macerate, 1.
  • noun The act or process of macerating or making lean or thin; the state of being macerated; leanness.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act or process of macerating.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The act or process of macerating.

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

  • noun softening due to soaking or steeping
  • noun extreme leanness (usually caused by starvation or disease)


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Latin maceratio.



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  • "Sewage treatment at Davis station has for years been limited to maceration before the waste is dumped into the sea."

    - Andrew Darby, Big stink brews in Antarctica,, 3 September 2009.

    September 3, 2009

  • "Ancient perfumes and unguents were a good deal weaker than their modern equivalents, there being no way of isolating the powerful essential oils that enable modern perfumes to pack such a punch, based on alcohol, synthetic chemicals, and essential oils isolated by the process of distillation. In their place, the ancient perfumer obtained his perfumes by soaking aromatics in fat or oil, which was then gently heated (maceration) or left to sit unheated (enfleurage). The end product was commonly worn on clothes and hair or, alternatively, poured onto a brazier and burned (the modern word itself derives from the Latin per fumum, 'through the smoke')."

    --Jack Turner, _Spice: The History of a Temptation_ (NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 2004), 208-9

    December 5, 2016