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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.]
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1. (Chemistry) (tr) to grind into a fine powder or a smooth paste
2. (Chemistry) to form or cause to form a homogeneous mixture, as in the production of gels
3. (Chemistry) (tr) to suspend (fine particles) by grinding in a liquid, esp as a method of separating fine from coarse particles
4. (Chemistry) botany having a smooth polished surface; glabrous
5. (Botany) botany having a smooth polished surface; glabrous
[C17: from Latin lēvigāre, from lēvis smooth]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
v.t. -gat•ed, -gat•ing.
to rub, grind, or reduce to a fine powder, with or without the addition of a liquid.
[1605–15; < Latin lēvigātus, past participle of lēvigāre to smooth, pulverize =lēv(is) smooth + -igāre v. suffix (compare fumigate)]
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Past participle: levigated
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