The definition of supernatant is floating over or on the surface of something.(adjective)
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.(noun)
An example of a supernatant is a fluid on top of a sediment.
See supernatant in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: L supernatans, prp. of supernatare, to swim above < super- (see super-) + natare, to swim (see natant)
See supernatant in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Latin supernatāns, supernatant-
Origin: , present participle of supernatāre, to float
Origin: : super-, super-
Origin: + natāre, to swim; see snā- in Indo-European roots.
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