Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.


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).]

per′co·la′tion n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.percolation - the slow passage of a liquid through a filtering mediumpercolation - 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
cookery, cooking, preparation - the act of preparing something (as food) by the application of heat; "cooking can be a great art"; "people are needed who have experience in cookery"; "he left the preparation of meals to his wife"
3.percolation - the filtration of a liquid for extraction or purification
filtration - the act of changing a fluid by passing it through a filter
References in classic literature ?
The remains which do become embedded, if in sand or gravel, will when the beds are upraised generally be dissolved by the percolation of rain-water.
The whole then became consolidated by the percolation of calcareous matter; and the cylindrical cavities left by the decaying of the wood, were thus also filled up with a hard pseudo-stalactical stone.
Tenders are invited for Special repaairs to percolation tank mini aurad tal-south solapur
Where surface water is used for irrigation, a consequence of applying less water is that groundwater recharge is diminished because of a reduction in deep percolation of excess water.
Nickel nanostrands [5] present a new material that shows advantageous percolation properties.
It can also convert sandy or infertile soils into fertile by reducing percolation.
The material is filled with just enough conductive filler with a useful strain sensitivity near the percolation region.
June 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Percolation Communications LLC announces the formal launch of its online series The Phoenix Chronicles, a blog on groundbreaking scientific discoveries, the future of healthcare, and pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, and diagnostics research.
Other topics include probability theory, two-dimensional random walk, stochastic calculus, fractional calculus and its applications, and percolation theory.
The size of these onsite waste disposal systems is usually determined by one or more percolation tests made on the proposed site (Schmidt et al.
Less mains-water garden watering would be required, ground temperatures in summer would be slightly cooler, and the creeks, receiving rainwater by the natural method of slow percolation through the soils, would experience less fluctuations of volume, even after heavy rain, and more sustained flows.
Government of India's Horticulture Technology Mission and National Horticulture Board have initiated percolation of the benefits to the farmers under various sponsored schemes in the region of Padampuri near Nainital.