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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.
Tenders are invited for Construction of mini percolation tank and percolation tank at p.
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.
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].
It was created by percolation of groundwater through the Eocene Lime stone of the Galala Plateau.
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.
Therefore, we consider the exposure-path prevention problem with the percolation theory in 3D WSNs.
To this end, we developed a root zone soil water balance model to determine the deep percolation from applied water (irrigation) and rainfall between soil sampling dates for comparison with changes in soil profile salinity parameters that occurred at the control and test sites.
Three artificial recharge mechanisms namely, small dams, percolation pond and plantation were considered and their suitability analysis was performed using seven parameters namely surface slope, settlement, soil, geology, roads, drainage and land use.
In Greater Thal Canal area soils are predominately coarse which results in higher deep percolation losses than those occurring i n other cultivated land.