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1 the process of totally saturating something with a substance; "the impregnation of wood with preservative"; "the saturation of cotton with ether" [syn: impregnation]
2 the act of soaking thoroughly with a liquid
3 a condition in which a quantity no longer responds to some external influence
4 chromatic purity: freedom from dilution with white and hence vividness of hue [syn: chroma, intensity, vividness]

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  1. the act of saturating or the process of being saturated
  2. the condition in which, after a sufficient increase in a causal force, no further increase in the resultant effect is possible; e.g. the state of a ferromagnetic material that cannot be further magnetized
  3. the state of a saturated solution
  4. the state of an organic compound that has no double or triple bonds
  5. the state of the atmosphere when it is saturated with water vapour; 100% humidity
  6. the intensity or vividness of a colour
  7. intense bombing of a military target with the aim of destroying it
  8. the flooding of a market with all of a product that can be sold
  9. an effect on the sound of an electric guitar, used primarily in heavy metal music


Extensive Definition

Saturation or saturated generally means "thoroughly full", while unsaturated means less than full. These terms may be related to:
saturation in Czech: Saturace
saturation in French: Saturation
saturation in Italian: Saturazione
saturation in Japanese: 飽和
saturation in Norwegian: Metning
saturation in Polish: Saturacja
saturation in Russian: Насыщенность
saturation in Simple English: Saturation

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