Definition of saturated in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsaCHəˌrādəd/


1Holding as much water or moisture as can be absorbed; thoroughly soaked.
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  • Nearly level topography, where soil usually drains poorly, may also result in surface movement of materials by water when a saturated condition in the soil causes high runoff.
  • White granite boulders were loosened from the surrounding hills, split using water saturated wooden stakes, and painstakingly shaped into building blocks.
  • Soon, almost incredibly, I saw three life-jacketed figures lift a thoroughly saturated tuxedo-wearing form onto the police boat.
1.1 Chemistry (Of a solution) containing the largest possible amount of a particular solute.
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  • To maintain the saturated solution, add more of the distilled water or Ammonium Dichromate, always ensuring that a fine slurry of crystals is present on the bottom.
  • I held the saturated bisulfite solution at arms length and slowly added the sulfuric acid.
  • If a hot saturated sugar solution is allowed to cool slowly, the sugar comes out of solution and crystallizes on the bottom of the container.
1.2 [often in combination] Having or holding as much as can be absorbed of something: the glitzy, media-saturated plasticity of Los Angeles
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  • In the US, an already saturated news market realised that priorities had to shift.
2 Chemistry (Of an organic molecule) containing the greatest possible number of hydrogen atoms, and so having no carbon-carbon double or triple bonds.
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  • A new nomenclature system for the linear saturated hydrocarbons is proposed.
2.1Denoting fats containing a high proportion of fatty acid molecules without double bonds, considered to be less healthy in the diet than unsaturated fats.
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  • Consumption of products such as soy milk also rose as consumers sought ways of reducing levels of saturated fat and cholesterol in their diets.
  • The Mediterranean diet is lighter on the saturated fats found in meat and dairy products, and heavier on mono-unsaturated fats, found in olive oil and walnuts.
  • At first glance, a serving of the lasagna appears to have 16 grams of fat - seven of them saturated.
3(Of color) very bright, full, and free from an admixture of white: intense and saturated color
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  • Its low refractive index, compared with that of the pigments, cause the scattering of considerable amounts of incident light, resulting in less saturated colours.
  • The image is bright and crisp with fully saturated colours.
  • Brilliant saturated colours are allowed to interlock in these irregular, but organically shaped patches.

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Syllabification: sat·u·rat·ed

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