impregnate


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impregnate

[im′preg‚nāt]
(engineering)
To force a liquid substance into the spaces of a porous solid in order to change its properties, as the impregnation of turquoise gems with plastic to improve color and durability, the impregnation of porous tungsten with a molten barium compound to manufacture a dispenser cathode, or the impregnation of wood with creosote to preserve its integrity against water damage.
(medicine)
To fertilize or cause to become pregnant.
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In 1995, the Legislature eliminated the requirement to show specific intent in cases of great bodily injury, so prosecutors did not have to prove that Woodstock intended to impregnate the girl.
One approach to solving the problem of how to impregnate rovings and mats with a high-viscosity thermoplastic melt is to start with low-viscosity precursors that chemically react in-situ to yield a high-molecular-weight polymer composite.
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