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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Unable to hold or contain more; full.
  • adjective Soaked with moisture; drenched.
  • adjective Combined with or containing all the solute that can normally be dissolved at a given temperature.
  • adjective Relating to an organic compound, especially a fatty acid, containing the maximum number of hydrogen atoms and only single bonds between the carbon atoms.
  • adjective Relating to minerals that can crystallize from magmas even in the presence of excess silica.

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

  • adjective Filled to repletion; holding by absorption, or in solution, all that is possible.
  • adjective (Chem.) Having its affinity satisfied; combined with all it can hold; -- said of certain atoms, radicals, or compounds. Contrasted with unsaturated.
  • adjective (Optics) a color not diluted with white; a pure unmixed color, like those of the spectrum.

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

  • verb Simple past tense and past participle of saturate.
  • adjective not comparable Full; unable to hold or contain any more.
  • adjective comparable Soaked or drenched with moisture.
  • adjective not comparable, chemistry, of a solution Containing all the solute that can normally be dissolved at a given temperature.
  • adjective chemistry Having all available valence bonds filled; especially of any organic compound containing only single bonds between carbon atoms.

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

  • adjective being the most concentrated solution possible at a given temperature; unable to dissolve still more of a substance
  • adjective used especially of organic compounds; having all available valence bonds filled
  • adjective (of color) being chromatically pure; not diluted with white or grey or black

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