- The definition of supernatant is floating over or on the surface of something.
An example of supernatant used as an adjective is in the phrase "supernatant liquid" which means a liquid that comes to the top of a mixture and rests on the surface.
- The definition of a supernatant is a clear fluid that rises to the top.
An example of a supernatant is a fluid on top of a sediment.
- floating on the surface or over something
- Chem. designating or of a liquid standing above a precipitate
Origin of supernatantClassical Latin supernatans, present participle of supernatare, to swim above ; from super- (see super-) + natare, to swim (see natant)
Origin of supernatantLatin supernat&amacron;ns, supernatant-, present participle of supernat&amacron;re, to float : super-, super- + nat&amacron;re, to swim, frequentative of n&amacron;re; see sn&amacron;- in Indo-European roots.
super- +"Ž natant