- If you believe that the media is overfull of images of violence, this is an example of a time when you might say the media is saturated with violent images.
- When a towel is completely soaked through, this is an example of a time when it is saturated.
The definition of saturated is something that is completely soaked, or something that is filled to the brim and cannot take any more.
- filled to capacity; having absorbed all that can be taken up
- soaked through with moisture; wet
- undiluted with white: said of colors
- Chem. designating or of an organic compound containing no double or triple bonds
- designating certain vegetable and animal fats and oils thought to cause unhealthy levels of cholesterol in the bloodstream
- containing so much dissolved substance that no more can be dissolved at the given temperature: said of a solution
- Geol. containing as much combined silica as is possible: said of rocks and minerals
- Unable to hold or contain more; full.
- Soaked with moisture; drenched.
- Chemistry a. Combined with or containing all the solute that can normally be dissolved at a given temperature.b. Relating to an organic compound, especially a fatty acid, containing the maximum number of hydrogen atoms and only single bonds between the carbon atoms.
- Relating to minerals that can crystallize from magmas even in the presence of excess silica.
- Simple past tense and past participle of saturate.
(comparative more saturated, superlative most saturated)
- (not comparable) Full; unable to hold or contain any more.
- (comparable) Soaked or drenched with moisture.
- (not comparable, chemistry, of a solution) Containing all the solute that can normally be dissolved at a given temperature.
- (chemistry) Having all available valence bonds filled; especially of any organic compound containing only single bonds between carbon atoms.
Variant of saturate
transitive verbsaturated, saturating
- to cause to be thoroughly soaked, imbued, or penetrated
- to cause (something) to be filled, charged, supplied, etc. with the maximum that it can absorb
- to cause (a substance) to combine to the full extent of its combining capacity with another; neutralize
- to dissolve the maximum amount of (a gas, liquid, or solid) in a solution at a given temperature and pressure
Origin of saturate; from Classical Latin saturatus, past participle of saturare, to fill up, saturate ; from satur, full; akin to satis: see sad