percolable, adj.percolative, adj.
v. /perr"keuh layt'/; n. /perr"keuh lit, -layt'/, v., percolated, percolating, n.
1. to cause (a liquid) to pass through a porous body; filter.
2. (of a liquid) to filter through; permeate.
3. to brew (coffee) in a percolator.
4. to pass through a porous substance; filter; ooze; seep; trickle.
5. to become percolated: The coffee is starting to percolate.
6. to become active, lively, or spirited.
7. to show activity, movement, or life; grow or spread gradually; germinate: Interest in the idea has begun to percolate.
8. a percolated liquid.
[1620-30; < L percolatus, ptp. of percolare to filter. See PER-, COLANDER, -ATE1]
Pronunciation. The pronunciation of PERCOLATE as /perr"kyeuh layt'/, with an intrusive y-glide, results from analogy with words like circulate and matriculate, where the unstressed vowel following the k-sound is symbolized by a u spelling, making the y-glide mandatory. In similar words where /k/ is followed by some other vowel, the /y/ represents a hypercorrection. The pronunciation of escalate as /es"kyeuh layt'/ is another such example. See coupon, new.

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