Levigating
Levigate Lev"i*gate (-g[=a]t), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Levigated} (-g[=a]`t[e^]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Levigating}.] [L. levigatus, p. p. of levigare to make smooth, fr. l[=e]vis smooth; akin to Gr. lei^os.] To make smooth in various senses: (a) To free from grit; to reduce to an impalpable powder or paste. (b) To mix thoroughly, as liquids or semiliquids. (c) To polish. (d) To make smooth in action. `` When use hath levigated the organs.'' --Barrow. (e) Technically, to make smooth by rubbing in a moist condition between hard surfaces, as in grinding pigments. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • levigating — v. grind into powder; smooth, polish; prepare a homogeneous mixture (Chemistry) adj. smooth, shiny, polished …   English contemporary dictionary

  • levigating agent — a material used for moistening a solid before reducing it to a powder …   Medical dictionary

  • Levigate — Lev i*gate ( g[=a]t), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Levigated} ( g[=a] t[e^]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Levigating}.] [L. levigatus, p. p. of levigare to make smooth, fr. l[=e]vis smooth; akin to Gr. lei^os.] To make smooth in various senses: (a) To free from… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Levigated — Levigate Lev i*gate ( g[=a]t), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Levigated} ( g[=a] t[e^]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Levigating}.] [L. levigatus, p. p. of levigare to make smooth, fr. l[=e]vis smooth; akin to Gr. lei^os.] To make smooth in various senses: (a) To… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Levigation — Lev i*ga tion (l[e^]v [i^]*g[=a] sh[u^]n), n. [L. levigatio a smoothing: cf. F. l[ e]vigation.] The act or operation of levigating. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • levigate — levigation, n. levigator, n. v. /lev i gayt /; adj. /lev i git, gayt /, v., levigated, levigating, adj. v.t. 1. to rub, grind, or reduce to a fine powder, as in a mortar, with or without the addition of a liquid. 2. Chem. to make a homogeneous… …   Universalium

  • levigate — lev·i·gate lev ə .gāt vt, gat·ed; gat·ing to grind to a fine smooth powder while in moist condition <by first levigating the zinc oxide with a small amount of glycerin a smooth paste is obtained (Art of Compounding)> lev·i·ga·tion .lev ə gā …   Medical dictionary

  • grind — v 1. whet, mill, kibble, stone, sand, sandpaper, pumice; grate, file, rasp, scrape, gride; smooth, polish, burnish, buff. 2. crush, bray, pound, beat, mash, smash, Sl. smush; pulverize, mortar, comminute, triturate, levigate, powder, granulate,… …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • mastication — n 1. chewing, crunching, craunch ing, munching, champing, mumbling, Fletcherism, Fletcherizing, gnawing, nibbling, biting, Dial. chawing, Both Archaic. manducation, manducating; rumination, remastication. 2. pulverization, pulverizing,… …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • rasp — v 1. scrape, scratch, excoriate, abrade, rub, scour, scrub; grate, shred, file, whet, sand, sandpaper, pumice; grind, mortar, levigate, triturate. 2. irritate, aggravate, exasperate, exacerbate, rub the wrong way; annoy, vex, irk, peeve, gall,… …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

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