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tr.v. lev·i·gat·ed, lev·i·gat·ing, lev·i·gates
a. To make into a smooth, fine powder or paste, as by grinding when moist.
b. To separate fine particles from coarse by grinding in water.
2. To suspend in a liquid.
3. To make smooth; polish.
adj. (-gāt′, -gĭt)

[Latin lēvigāre, lēvigāt- : lēvis, smooth; see lei- in Indo-European roots + agere, to make, do; see ag- in Indo-European roots.]

lev′i·ga′tion n.


1. the process of grinding to a fine powder.
2. the process of mixing thoroughly or grinding to a smooth paste. — levigate, adj.
See also: Processes
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Clay and ash will remain in suspension, so refined glazes could easily be prepared through levigation (washing, allowing the more solid elements to settle, and drawing off the fine material held in suspension).
By levigation the fine clay is separated from the quartz and run off to stiffen before being formed into brick (a unit of measurement) and dried prior to transportation.