nucleate u"cle*ate, v. i. To form into a nucleus or multiple nuclei; as, raindrops may nucleate around silver iodide crystals. [PJC]

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  • Nucleate — Nu cle*ate, a. [L. nucleatus having a kernel.] Having a nucleus; nucleated. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Nucleate — Nu cle*ate, v. t. [Cf. L. nucleare to become kernelly.] To gather, as about a nucleus or center. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • nucleate — ► VERB (usu. as adj. nucleated) 1) form a nucleus. 2) form around a central area. ► ADJECTIVE chiefly Biology ▪ having a nucleus. DERIVATIVES nucleation noun …   English terms dictionary

  • nucleate — [no͞o′klē it, no͞o′klēāt΄; nyo͞o′klē it, nyo͞o′klē āt; ] for v. [, no͞o′klēāt΄, nyo͞o′klēāt΄] adj. [L nucleatus, having a kernel, pp. of nucleare, to become like a kernel < nucleus: see NUCLEUS] having a nucleus vt. nucleated, nucleating [< …   English World dictionary

  • nucleate — verb ( ated; ating) Etymology: Late Latin nucleatus, past participle of nucleare to become stony, from Latin nucleus Date: circa 1864 transitive verb 1. to form into a nucleus ; cluster 2. to act as a nucleus for 3. to supply nuclei to …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • nucleate — adj. [L. nucleus, kernel] Having a nucleus …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • nucleate — nucleation /nooh klee ay sheuhn, nyooh /, n. nucleator, n. adj. /nooh klee it, ayt , nyooh /; v. /nooh klee ayt , nyooh /, adj., v., nucleated, nucleating. adj. 1. having a nucleus. v.t. 2. to form ( …   Universalium

  • nucleate — 1. adjective Having a nucleus; nucleated 2. verb To form (into) a nucleus, or to act as a nucleus See Also: nucleation 3. noun Any …   Wiktionary

  • nucleate — A salt of a nucleic acid. * * * nu·cle·ate n(y)ü klē .āt vb, at·ed; at·ing vt 1) to form into a nucleus 2) to act as a nucleus for 3) to supply nuclei to vi …   Medical dictionary

  • nucleate — nuːklɪeɪt / nuː v. create a nucleus …   English contemporary dictionary

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