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v. per·co·lat·ed, per·co·lat·ing, per·co·lates
1. To cause (liquid, for example) to pass through a porous substance or small holes; filter.
2. To pass or ooze through: Water percolated the sand.
3. To make (coffee) in a percolator.
1. To drain or seep through a porous material or filter.
2. Informal To become lively or active.
3. Informal To spread slowly or gradually.
n. (-lĭt, -lāt′)
A liquid that has been percolated.
[Latin percōlāre, percōlāt- : per-, per- + cōlāre, to filter (from cōlum, sieve).]
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|Noun||1.||percolation - the slow passage of a liquid through a filtering medium; "the percolation of rainwater through the soil"; "the infiltration of seawater through the lava"|
filtration - the process whereby fluids pass through a filter or a filtering medium
|2.||percolation - the act of making coffee in a percolator|
|3.||percolation - the filtration of a liquid for extraction or purification|
filtration - the act of changing a fluid by passing it through a filter