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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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.