- 1 [no object, with adverbial of direction] (Of a liquid or gas) filter gradually through a porous surface or substance: the water percolating through the soil may leach out mineralsMore example sentences
- So those could be living down the cracks underneath the surface but the gasses will still percolate upwards.
- You also have a natural filtration process as the water will percolate down through the ground and the ground will filter the water naturally.
- He recently dug a trench that revealed high levels of magnesium and sulfur, suggesting water once percolated through the soil and evaporated leaving salts.
- 1.1Spread gradually through an area or group of people: continental ideas on art, science, and architecture percolated from Venice to LondonMore example sentences
spread, be disseminated, filter, pass, go; penetrate, permeate, pervade, infiltrate
- They did badly, in part, because much of this growth did not percolate into the rural areas.
- I hope to visit some of these ideas that are now percolating with regard to the worship experiences of today.
- The vast corpus of religious literature in regional languages which has not been adequately studied can provide interesting insights into how religious ideas percolated into different strata of society.
- 2 [no object] (Of coffee) be prepared in a percolator: he put some coffee on to percolateMore example sentences
- Around the world java percolates and teabags simmer in millions of homes each morning.
- The kitchen smelled of cookies or whatever my Aunt Renee was finishing up for our desserts, and fresh coffee percolating.
- In the not too distant future this will be estate agents’ recommended background music while the bread bakes and the coffee percolates.
- 2.1 [with object] Prepare (coffee) in a percolator: (as adjective percolated) freshly percolated coffeeMore example sentences
- He paused as he sniffed the air and glanced over at the coffee pot percolating java on the counter.
- It promises to produce everything from the waft of freshly baked chocolate cookies to percolating coffee over a personal computer.
- This, of course, is the sound of indie films, sometimes as if from the bottom of a well, rarely the crisp, percolating coffee and microwave beep of a Hollywood kitchen.
- 2.2 [no object] US Be or become full of lively activity or excitement: the night was percolating with an expectant energyMore example sentences
- Despite the fact that tourism countrywide was down as much as 50 percent, the Khumbu still percolated with activity.
- Thanks to new arts complexes sprouting like mushrooms across the map, the global dance village percolates with activity.
- The reception area percolates with noise from clients and children as most of them cool off on the gracious leather furniture that flanks the big-screen TV.
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- Jamaican caves are formed by the percolation, or flow, of the slightly acidic rainfall that twice a year pummels the soluble limestone in which the systems are found.
- For another example, consider the process of percolation, where a fluid trickles through the mazelike passages of a porous medium.
- He complained that the planners' arguments in relation to septic tanks and lack of percolation were nothing more than a ‘convenient’ means of refusing permission.
early 17th century: from Latin percolat- 'strained through', from the verb percolare, from per- 'through' + colare 'to strain' (from colum 'strainer').