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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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It eliminates the cost and time of using sacrificial transfer materials and reportedly impregnates much faster than typical nonwoven transfer webs.
The company is at a loss to explain how Micro Tuff impregnates and bonds to surfaces that are much less porous than hard-chrome plate.
A second resin-injection die impregnates and cures the skin.