Meaning of percolation


Percolation is the process of a liquid slowly passing through a filter. It’s how coffee is usually made.

Percolation comes from the Latin word percolare, which means “to strain through.” Percolation happens when liquid is strained through a filter, like when someone makes coffee. Drinking coffee can make you feel perky! Perky comes from the word percolate, too, describing something that bubbles over. Percolation (a noun) is what happens when anything percolates. It’s usually coffee, but chemists use percolation for all kinds of experiments.

Definitions of percolation
  1. noun

    the slow passage of a liquid through a filtering medium

    percolation of rainwater through the soil”


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    the process whereby fluids pass through a filter or a filtering medium

  2. noun

    the filtration of a liquid for extraction or purification

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    the act of changing a fluid by passing it through a filter

  3. noun

    the act of making coffee in a percolator

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    cookery, cooking, preparation

    the act of preparing something (as food) by the application of heat

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