saturate (someone or something) with (something)

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saturate (someone or something) with (something)

1. To cause someone or something to be completely soaked by or drenched with some kind of liquid. The misting rain persisted throughout the hike, and it saturated us with water by the time got back home. The leak in the plant saturated the worker's clothes with dangerous chemicals.
2. To cause something to permeate and spread throughout some place; to fill or supply something or some place thoroughly or to the limit. My grandmother's baking always saturated the house with the most wonderful smells. You've been saturating your brain with those cartoons all morning. Go outside and play for a while!
3. In physical chemistry, to cause some substance to dissolve and unite with another substance to maximum capacity. First, we saturate the water with sugar by applying heat, then, as the solution cools, we insert strings to which sugar crystals form.
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saturate someone or something with something

to drench someone or something thoroughly with something. The rain saturated them all with cooling water. Irrigation saturated the field with the moisture they needed.
See also: saturate
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Fancy parties where the room was saturated with this heroic fluid, theaters where it should be kept at high pressure; what passion in the souls of the actors and spectators!
But before I abandoned him to his fate I flung his pony's bridle over a stake in the hedge, and threw him my handkerchief, as his own was now saturated with blood.
But no, thank heaven, both man and horse were gone, and nothing was left to witness against me but two objects - unpleasant enough in themselves to be sure, and presenting a very ugly, not to say murderous appearance - in one place, the hat saturated with rain and coated with mud, indented and broken above the brim by that villainous whip-handle; in another, the crimson handkerchief, soaking in a deeply tinctured pool of water - for much rain had fallen in the interim.
The powerful ventilators added their continuous blasts and saturated with oxygen the glowing plates.
In a little dirty room with the painted panels of its walls filthy with spittle, and conversation audible through the thin partition from the next room, in a stifling atmosphere saturated with impurities, on a bedstead moved away from the wall, there lay covered with a quilt, a body.
They found the prairies saturated with the heavy cold rains, prevalent in certain seasons of the year in this part of the country, the wagon wheels sank deep in the mire, the horses were often to the fetlock, and both steed and rider were completely jaded by the evening of the 12th, when they reached the Kansas River; a fine stream about three hundred yards wide, entering the Missouri from the south.
Our heavy frocks soon became completely saturated with water, and by their weight, and that of the articles we had concealed beneath them, not a little impeded our progress.
The doctor saw them come up to the surface of the desert, saturated with perspiration, worn out, covered with fine dust, exhausted, discouraged and despairing.
Some clothes are got together for him to wear, his own being saturated with water, and his present dress being composed of blankets.
It was composed of stringy filaments saturated with water, like the berries, and devoid of nourishment.
giving to each its proper attributes with marvellous readiness; brimful and saturated with what he had read in his lying books!
According to the research conducted at the University of California, San Diego, saturated fats tend to be solid at room temperature as they contain fatty acids that are saturated with hydrogen atoms and the carbon atoms are bonded to as many hydrogen atoms as possible, whereas unsaturated fats contain fatty acids with a lower ratio of carbon to hydrogen, Live Science reported.
The catch: most lunch meats are saturated with salt.
The estimated thermal conductivity for a magnesia lining saturated with iron ranges between 124-137 Btu's per square foot, per hour, per degree Fahrenheit, for one inch of thickness.
Saturated fats have no double bonds--their carbons are fully saturated with hydrogen.