impregnate

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v impregnate make pregnant "He impregnated his wife again"
    • v impregnate fertilize and cause to grow "the egg was impregnated"
    • v impregnate infuse or fill completely "Impregnate the cloth with alcohol"
    • v impregnate fill, as with a certain quality "The heavy traffic tinctures the air with carbon monoxide"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Male sea horses are the ones that get impregnated rather than the females. Males have a pouch on their belly that provides incubation for the female?s eggs and they can have up to 1500 babies at one time
    • a Impregnate Impregnated; made prolific. "The scorching ray
      Here pierceth not, impregnate with disease."
    • v. i Impregnate ĭm*prĕg"nāt To become pregnant.
    • Impregnate (Biol) To come into contact with (an ovum or egg) so as to cause impregnation; to fertilize; to fecundate.
    • Impregnate To infuse an active principle into; to render fruitful or fertile in any way; to fertilize; to imbue.
    • Impregnate To infuse particles of another substance into; to communicate the quality of another to; to cause to be filled, imbued, mixed, or furnished (with something); as, to impregnate India rubber with sulphur; clothing impregnated with contagion; rock impregnated with ore.
    • Impregnate To make pregnant; to cause to conceive; to render prolific; to get with child or young.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • impregnate To make pregnant, as a female; cause to conceive; get with young; fertilize.
    • impregnate To transmit or infuse an active principle into; fecundate; fertilize; imbue.
    • impregnate To infuse into, as particles of another substance; communicate the qualities of another substance to, as (in pharmacy) by mixture, digestion, etc.; saturate.
    • impregnate To become impregnated or pregnant.
    • impregnate Rendered prolific or fruitful; impregnated.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Impregnate im-preg′nāt to make pregnant: to impart the particles or qualities of one thing to another: saturate
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Quotations

  • Jeremy Collier
    Jeremy Collier
    “True courage is a result of reasoning. A brave mind is always impregnable.”
  • Lord Byron
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    “Thy decay's still impregnate with divinity.”
  • William Blake
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    “Joys impregnate. Sorrows bring forth.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
LL. impraegnatus, p. p. of impraegnare, to impregnate, fr. L. pref. im-, in + praegnans, pregnant. See Pregnant
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Low L. imprægnāre, -ātumin, in, prægnans, pregnant.

Usage

In literature:

The lock itself seemed to be impregnable to one without a key.
"The River's End" by James Oliver Curwood
Supported by the evidence which, alas was not collected and published till after his death, it was impregnable.
"The Rise of the Dutch Republic, Volume II.(of III) 1566-74" by John Lothrop Motley
At the signal of their chief, the united bands might sweep from their impregnable castle with a single impulse.
"The Rise of the Dutch Republic, Volume III.(of III) 1574-84" by John Lothrop Motley
His position seemed quite impregnable.
"History of the United Netherlands, 1586-89, Vol. II. Complete" by John Lothrop Motley
The Portuguese veteran indeed was inclined to wonder at Maurice's presumption in attacking so impregnable a fortress.
"History of the United Netherlands, 1590-1599, Vol. III. Complete" by John Lothrop Motley
The Republic was neither venerable by age nor impregnable in law.
"The Life of John of Barneveld, 1609-15, Volume I." by John Lothrop Motley
From a legal point of view Barneveld considered his position impregnable.
"The Life of John of Barneveld, 1614-23, Volume II." by John Lothrop Motley
The fortress was impregnable, but it was scantily victualled, and ill provided with other necessaries.
"Legends of Charlemagne" by Thomas Bulfinch
Abu Hamed could soon be made impregnable to Dervish attack.
"The River War" by Winston S. Churchill
And, like all his brother Russians, ardent, passionate protest impregnates his work.
"Revolution and Other Essays" by Jack London
Luck and I were expected to trip up over nuggets, and come back simply impregnated with gold.
"Spinifex and Sand" by David W Carnegie
The tower episode solidified my power, and made it impregnable.
"A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, Part 2." by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
He led stormers against well-nigh impregnable forts, and died on the ramparts at the moment of victory.
"The History of Mr. Polly" by H. G. Wells
Admitting the facts, it may be asked, have the waters of these seas been impregnated by the copper?
"Curiosities of Medical Experience" by J. G. (John Gideon) Millingen
The calcification of a thrombus takes place when the latter becomes impregnated with salts of calcium and magnesium.
"A System of Practical Medicine by American Authors, Vol. I" by Various
To the well-preserved ramparts Nature had added an impregnable defence in the form of a thick growth of cactus.
"The Fortunate Isles" by Mary Stuart Boyd
The padlocks were new, and the whole appeared impregnable to the simple minds of the children, and even to Mike and Peter Greg.
"The Suprising Adventures of Sir Toady Lion With Those of General Napoleon Smith" by S. R. Crockett
A little better and more cheerful: altho' my impregnable colon still holds out.
"The Journal of a Disappointed Man" by Wilhelm Nero Pilate Barbellion
There were, it was obvious, many ways by which the card might have become accidentally impregnated with the perfume.
"Sant of the Secret Service" by William Le Queux
Beyond the springs, we reached a creek that was strongly impregnated with sulphur.
"The Awakening of the Desert" by Julius C. Birge
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In poetry:

Such earnest natures are the fiery pith,
The compact nucleus, round which systems grow;
Mass after mass becomes inspired therewith,
And whirls impregnate with the central glow.
"To W.L. Garrison" by James Russell Lowell
His strongest castle, bold and insolent,
Of warlike aspect and defiant mien,
With wall and rampart unassailable,
Impregnable to the assaults of man--
Surrender at the mold's insidious tread.
"Metabole." by Alfred Castner King
When the shades of the evening, so listless and dreary,
Descend on the valley, his wing never flags,
As through the dark shadows he soars to his eyerie,
Which nestles among the impregnable crags.
"Suggested" by Alfred Castner King
And viewed from the front their position was impregnable,
But Lord Roberts was a general of great skill;
Therefore to surprise the enemy he thought it was right,
To march upon the enemy in the dead of night.
"General Roberts in Afghanistan" by William Topaz McGonagall
The greatest attraction is Tantallon Castle, worthy of regard,
About three miles distant to the eastward;
Which in time of war reoeived many a shock,
And it's deemed impregnable and built on a perpendicular rock
"Beautiful North Berwick" by William Topaz McGonagall
But when mine eye, full of these beams, doth cast
Its rays upon my dusty essence thin,
Impregnate with a spark divine, defaced,
All candied o'er with leprosy of sin,
Such influences on my spirit light,
Which them as bitter gall or cold ice smite.
"Preparatory Meditations - Second Series: 3" by Edward Taylor

In news:

TENNESSEE SUPER-BREEDERS Update: Last week's News of the Weird gave serial impregnator Desmond Hatchett, of Knoxville, Tenn.
The scorned wife of a man who impregnated Fantasia is appealing a North Carolina judge's ruling that she was separated from her husband at the time he started an affair with the American Idol star, RadarOnline.com has exclusively learned.
Current research indicates that by creating composite materials composed of a polymer-medium coated or impregnated with CNTs can be an effective EMI shield especially for higher frequencies.
It doesn't get more captivating than the invincible Spurs against the near-impregnable Thunder.
Storage cloths are impregnated with a formula that blocks sulfur, salts and other tarnishing elements.
Connection to terminals or Cu rails, sheet steel casing, prepared for safety class I, ta 40°C, type of enclosure IP 23, 50/60 Hz, dip impregnation.
Scientists have succeeded for the first time in impregnating an elephant with frozen sperm, ultrasound pictures presented by Vienna's Schoenbrunn Zoo showed on Tuesday.
JALALABAD, Afghanistan, Dec 22— Tora Bora seemed to be an impregnable fortress when Osama bin Laden controlled the high ground.
In Demon Seed (1977), a machine with a "quasi-neural matrix" impregnates Julie Christie with synthetic sperm.
Impregnators penetrate below the surface to strengthen and seal stone floors.
The details are that he was in a "committed relationship" and impregnated another consenting adult.
The lubricant used for grease applications is usually a mixture of oil impregnation into a soap base.
InVite (TM) multi-moth lure is a rubberized material impregnated with moth pheromones which is gradually released over time.
InVite (TM) multi- moth lure is a rubberized material impregnated with moth pheromones which is gradually released over time.
BOLIVIA—An illegal alien has pleaded guilty to raping and impregnating an 11-year old girl.
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In science:

This problem could be alleviated by impregnating an STF with a polymer [33, 49] which shall have to be accounted for during optical design; however, that step will require experimentation.
Thin-Film Metamaterials called Sculptured Thin Films
An industrial application may be for instance a metallic tank with carbon or kevlar fibers impregnated in a resin matrix wrapped up around it which is slowly pressurized (Anifrani et al., 1995). As a consequence, it elastically deforms, transferring tensile stress to the over-layer.
The critical earthquake concept applied to mine rockbursts with time-to-failure analysis
Gels can be impregnated with silver for at least 30 minutes and at most 2 hours without any change in sensitivity or background.
Silver Staining of Proteins in 2DE Gels
The barrel supports are continuous cylinders formed from a sandwich of pre-impregnated carbon fiber composite around a Rohacell core.
SiD Letter of Intent
CMS coil-winding experience will significantly reduce SiD time and expense for setting up and commissioning the coil winding facility, and vacuum impregnation will take place at the vendor’s facility.
SiD Letter of Intent
The most likely method of fabrication is to flat wind the dipole pancakes in an aluminum case, then bend them to the correct radius and impregnate the vacuum with a filled epoxy resin.
SiD Letter of Intent
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