percolate
verb (-lated; -lating) Etymology: Latin percolatus, past participle of percolare, from per- through + colare to sieve — more at per-, colander Date: 1626 transitive verb 1. a. to cause (a solvent) to pass through a permeable substance (as a powdered drug) especially for extracting a soluble constituent b. to prepare (coffee) in a percolator 2. to be diffused through ; penetrate intransitive verb 1. to ooze or trickle through a permeable substance ; seep 2. a. to become percolated b. to become lively or effervescent 3. to spread gradually <
allow the sunlight to percolate into our rooms — Norman Douglas
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4. simmer 2a <
the feud had been percolating for a long time
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percolation noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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