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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).]

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 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.
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.
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of one of the most classical models in probability theory, Aufflinger, Damron, and Hanson describe the main results of first-passage percolation, paying special attention to the recent burst of developments.
We therefore attempt a distinction of verb root and suffix in Igbo verb compounds from another perspective- the Percolation Principle.
In addition, the transparent conductivity has been also analyzed based on the percolation theory [27].
Multiphase polymer blends have been used to reduce the percolation threshold with increased composite conductivity at reduced filler concentrations that minimizes detrimental impact on mechanical and rheological properties [17-26].
To describe the features of the vibrational spectra of disordered media, the ideas of fractal geometry and the theory of percolation are applied effectively [10].
Studying site and bond percolation on any lattice is an important problem in computational physics [9-12].
Low value of electrical percolation is the index of good dispersion [13].
Duke Croney from Blaine is introducing EarthBusterWA, a company that improves or restores percolation in septic drainfields and water drains.
These catchment areas will be known as water harvesting- cum- percolation structures and help in maintaining greeneries.