Aerating
Aerate A"["e]r*ate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {A["e]rated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {A["e]rating}.] [Cf. F. a['e]rer. See {Air}, v. t.] 1. To combine or charge with gas; usually with carbonic acid gas, formerly called fixed air. [1913 Webster]

His sparkling sallies bubbled up as from a["e]rated natural fountains. --Carlyle. [1913 Webster]

2. To supply or impregnate with common air; as, to a["e]rate soil; to a["e]rate water. [1913 Webster]

3. (Physiol.) To expose to the chemical action of air; to oxygenate (the blood) by respiration; to arterialize. [1913 Webster]

4. cause a change by passing air through (of sewage)

Syn: activate [WordNet 1.5]

{A["e]rated bread}, bread raised by charging dough with carbonic acid gas, instead of generating the gas in the dough by fermentation. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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