Levigate Lev"i*gate (-g[asl]t), a. [L. levigatus, p. p. of levigare to lighten, fr. l[e^]vis light.] Made less harsh or burdensome; alleviated. [Obs.] --Sir T. Elyot. [1913 Webster]

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  • Levigate — Lev i*gate ( g[=a]t), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Levigated} ( g[=a] t[e^]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Levigating}.] [L. levigatus, p. p. of levigare to make smooth, fr. l[=e]vis smooth; akin to Gr. lei^os.] To make smooth in various senses: (a) To free from… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Levigate — Lev i*gate ( g[asl]t), a. [L. levigatus, p. p.] Made smooth, as if polished. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • levigate — [lev′i gāt΄] vt. levigated, levigating [< L levigatus, pp. of levigare, to make smooth, polish < levis, smooth (see LIME1) + agere, to make (see ACT1)] 1. to grind to a fine, smooth powder 2. to separate fine particles from coarse particles …   English World dictionary

  • levigate — transitive verb ( gated; gating) Etymology: Latin levigatus, past participle of levigare to make smooth, from levis smooth (akin to Greek leios smooth and perhaps to Latin linere to smear) + igare (akin to agere to drive) more at lime, agent Date …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • levigate — adj. [L. levigare, to make smooth] Smooth surfaced; polished …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • levigate — levigation, n. levigator, n. v. /lev i gayt /; adj. /lev i git, gayt /, v., levigated, levigating, adj. v.t. 1. to rub, grind, or reduce to a fine powder, as in a mortar, with or without the addition of a liquid. 2. Chem. to make a homogeneous… …   Universalium

  • levigate — verb To make smooth …   Wiktionary

  • levigate — lev·i·gate lev ə .gāt vt, gat·ed; gat·ing to grind to a fine smooth powder while in moist condition <by first levigating the zinc oxide with a small amount of glycerin a smooth paste is obtained (Art of Compounding)> lev·i·ga·tion .lev ə gā …   Medical dictionary

  • levigate — v. grind into powder; smooth, polish; prepare a homogeneous mixture (Chemistry) adj. smooth, shiny, polished …   English contemporary dictionary

  • levigate — [ lɛvɪgeɪt] verb archaic reduce to a fine powder or smooth paste. Derivatives levigation noun Origin C16 (earlier (C15) as levigation): from L. levigat , levigare to make smooth, polish , from levis smooth …   English new terms dictionary

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