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supernatant (chemistry)

Definition:

of a liquid, floating on the surface above a sediment or precipitate

Class:

adjective (modifies a noun)

Comparative:

more supernatant

Superlative:

most supernatant

Similar to:

supported

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Usage example:

the supernatant fat was skimmed off

Synonyms:

supernate

Etymology:

Latin supernatāns, supernatant-, present participle of supernatāre, to float:...
(Source: American Heritage Dictionary)  [more]

All senses of supernatant...

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

supernatant | supernatation [noun, derived]

floating on the surface or over something | [chemistry] (of a liquid) lying above a sediment or settled precipitate (18 of 194 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/supernatant

Oxford Dictionary:

supernatant

[technical] : denoting the liquid lying above a solid residue after crystallization, precipitation, centrifugation, or other process | a volume of ... (20 of 57 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/supernatant

Merriam-Webster:

supernatant

the usually clear liquid overlying material deposited by settling, precipitation, or centrifugation (12 of 42 words, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/supernatant

American Heritage Dictionary:

supernatant

Floating on the surface. | The clear fluid above a sediment or precipitate. (12 of 40 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

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New World Dictionary:

supernatant

floating on the surface or over something | [chemistry] designating or of a liquid standing above a precipitate (17 of 37 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

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Wiktionary:

supernatant | supernatants [plural] | infranatant [antonym, sense-specific] | supernate [synonym, sense-specific]

[liquid] Lying above a sediment or precipitate | Floating on the surface of a liquid | The liquid that lies above a sediment or precipitate; supernate | Material that floats on the surface of a liquid (33 of 37 words, 4 definitions, 1 usage example)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/supernatant

Random House Dictionary:

supernatant

floating above or on the surface. (6 of 11 words, pronunciation)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

support [transitive] | supported [past tense] | supporting [present participle] | supports [3rd-person singular present]

to approve of an idea or of a person or organization and help them to be ... | to hold the weight of someone or of something such as a building or ... (31 of 427 words, 7 definitions, 20 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/support

Encarta Dictionary:

supernatant | supernatants [plural]

the usually clear liquid left above a precipitate or sediment (10 of 41 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861717071​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

American Heritage Dictionary:

supernatant

Origin: Latin supernatāns, supernatant-, present participle of supernatāre, to float: super-, super- + natāre, to swim; see snā- in Indo-European roots.

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New World Dictionary:

supernatant

Origin: Latin supernatans, present participle of supernatare, to swim above from super- (see "super-") + natare, to swim (see "natant")

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Merriam-Webster:

supernatant

First use: 1922

Origin: Latin supernatant-, supernatans, present participle of supernatare to float, from super- + natare to swim

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Collins Dictionary:

supernatant

First use: 17th century

Origin: from Latin supernatāre to float, from super- + natāre to swim

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/supernatant

Wiktionary:

supernatant

Origin: super- + natant

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/supernatant

super-

Origin: the Latin super

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Encarta Dictionary:

supernatant | supernatants [plural]

First use: Mid-17th century

Origin: Latin supernatant-, present participle of supernatare "float above" from super "over, above" + natare

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861717071​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

supernatant

Audio: British English pronunciation of "supernatant"

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the Free Dictionary:

supernatant

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "supernatant"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "supernatant"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "supernatant" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

supernatant | supernatants [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "supernatant"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

supernatant

Audio: North American pronunciation of "supernatant"

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YourDictionary Audio:

supernatant

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "supernatant" by speech synthesizer

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