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Floating on the surface.
n. also su·per·nate (so͞o′pər-nāt′)
The clear fluid above a sediment or precipitate.
[Latin supernatāns, supernatant-, present participle of supernatāre, to float : super-, super- + natāre, to swim, frequentative of nāre; see snā- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
1. floating on the surface or over something
2. (Chemistry) chem (of a liquid) lying above a sediment or settled precipitate
[C17: from Latin supernatāre to float, from super- + natāre to swim]
su•per•na•tant(ˌsu pərˈneɪt nt)
floating above or on the surface.
supernatant- Means "swimming on the surface."
See also related terms for swimming.
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|Noun||1.||supernatant - the clear liquid that lies above a sediment or precipitate|
liquid - a substance that is liquid at room temperature and pressure
|Adj.||1.||supernatant - of a liquid; floating on the surface above a sediment or precipitate; "the supernatant fat was skimmed off"|
chemical science, chemistry - the science of matter; the branch of the natural sciences dealing with the composition of substances and their properties and reactions
supported - held up or having the weight borne especially from below; "supported joints in a railroad track have ties directly under the rail ends"