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aerate

Line breaks: aer¦ate
Pronunciation: /ˈɛːreɪt
 
/

Definition of aerate in English:

verb

[with object]
Introduce air into (a material): aerate the lawn using a garden fork
More example sentences
  • This patient, a young woman, had obtained her nitrous oxide from cartridges of nitrous oxide used to aerate cream.
  • We've put pumps in to aerate the water and feed back oxygen into the dam for the fish to survive.
  • He must be aerating the soil, the blessed man.

Origin

late 18th century: from Latin aer 'air' + -ate3, influenced by French aérer.

Derivatives

aeration

1
Pronunciation: /-ˈreɪʃ(ə)n/
noun
Example sentences
  • This process requires soil aeration and a neutral or alkaline soil environment.
  • Ethylene or propylene gas mixtures were renewed every day after aeration of the jars.
  • It should be porous for root aeration and drainage, but also able to retain water and nutrients.

aerator

2
noun
Example sentences
  • Mechanical aerators are used in aerated lagoons to ensure constant mixing of the manure.
  • The innovative aerators offer golf course superintendents a better solution to their lake aeration needs.
  • If both hot and cold water are affected, probably the aerator is congested with rust and corrosion.

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