saturate

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saturate

i. To reduce the effectiveness of any type of defense by the tactic of bringing so many aircraft per unit of time over a defense area that the electronic and mechanical responses of the defender's equipment, such as the surface-to-air weapons, become erratic because of the multiplicity of targets.
ii. To attack an area with bombs or other missiles in a manner that leaves no place in the area unscathed.
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Above the left eyebrow was a wound--a deep gash from which blood had flowed, covering the whole left side of the face and neck and saturating the light-gray shirt.
For some time he lay without movement, the genial sunshine pouring upon him and saturating his miserable body with its warmth.
While the premise that saturation will continue until the temperature of the leading edge of the saturating iron decreased to the solidus temperature is correct, the data presented in Fig.