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

  • transitive v. To cause (a chemical solution) to be more highly concentrated than is normally possible under given conditions of temperature and pressure.
  • transitive v. To cause (a vapor) to exceed the normal saturation vapor pressure at a given temperature.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To cause a solution to have more solute dissolved in it than it can stably contain at current conditions.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To add to beyond saturation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To saturate to excess; add to beyond saturation.


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  • Too much dietary salt seems to "supersaturate" the blood, and calcium stones - the most common type - crystallize out.

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  • Basically, what we want to do is supersaturate the Internet with these credible messages.

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  • Since a major component of the bile salts is cholesterol, the cholesterol tends to supersaturate and can precipitate out as small cholesterol stones.

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  • The most common is to create a surplus of geographical information, to supersaturate a text with significant detail and places, as a kind of counterweight to the prevailing ignorance of the ascendant cultural mores and emphases.

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  • Before we reach the “roll-off-your-back” stage, an awful lot of that nasty troll/anti-feminist stuff had to soak in and supersaturate our hides first.

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  • He reasoned that the real imperative was to keep the body temperature low, and that there was a better way to do it: supersaturate with large intakes of fluid and soak running clothes just before the start, then douse oneself thoroughly with water at every aid station and at every other opportunity as well.


  • I swear to god, if one more person calls this ***** hot ice without putting quotes around it I'm gonna supersaturate their ass to Timbuktu.

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  • [quintals] of tubers, fruit, and vegetables are needed to supersaturate-not saturate but supersaturate-the market in Havana.

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  • We say that success is constitutional; depends on a plus condition of mind and body, on power of work, on courage; that it is of main efficacy in carrying on the world, and, though rarely found in the right state for an article of commerce, but oftener in the supersaturate or excess, which makes it dangerous and destructive, yet it cannot be spared, and must be had in that form, and absorbents provided to take off its edge.

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