salivate

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v salivate produce saliva "We salivated when he described the great meal"
    • v salivate be envious, desirous, eager for, or extremely happy about something "She was salivating over the raise she anticipated"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Contrary to popular belief, dogs do not sweat by salivating, they sweat through the pads of their feet.
    • v. t Salivate To produce an abnormal flow of saliva in; to produce salivation or ptyalism in, as by the use of mercury.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • salivate To purge by the salivary glands; produce an unusual secretion and discharge of saliva in, usually by the action of mercury; produce ptyalism in.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Salivate to produce an unusual amount of saliva
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. salivatus, p. p. of salivare, to salivate. See Saliva
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L., allied to Gr. sialon, saliva.

Usage

In literature:

The salival glands drink up a certain fluid from the circumfluent blood, and pour it into the mouth.
"Zoonomia, Vol. I" by Erasmus Darwin
Salivation proves the latter to be part of the compound.
"A Short View of the Frauds and Abuses Committed by Apothecaries" by Christopher Merrett
Hit's too much de work er yo' j'ints ter make me b'lieve hit's gwine ter salivate yo' soul.
"The Voice of the People" by Ellen Glasgow
If any harm comes to Mary Bransford while I'm gone, I'll salivate you guys!
"Square Deal Sanderson" by Charles Alden Seltzer
Thus mercury internally promotes an increased salivation, and pyrethrum externally applied to the excretory ducts of the salival glands.
"Zoonomia, Vol. II" by Erasmus Darwin
There is also profuse salivation, and the breath has a characteristically offensive odour.
"Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition." by Alexander Miles
To-morrow I may be able to swallow syrup without either salivation or the adventitious aid of alcohol.
"The Belovéd Vagabond" by William J. Locke
Salivation is a symptom of some general or local disorder.
"Special Report on Diseases of Cattle" by U.S. Department of Agriculture
The saliver from my mouth only mykes it swell.
"Trusia" by Davis Brinton
You bet, I'll salivate him well for that little trick.
"Si Klegg, Book 2 (of 6)" by John McElroy
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In poetry:

In salivation is salvation:
So if some silly little nation
Should bathe in blood,
Let's take a lesson from the cow,
And learn in life's long gloaming how
To chew the cud.
"Cows" by Robert W Service

In news:

The 16-year-old has 700,000 Twitter followers, Skypes with girls for money and has an iTunes single that's sold 100,000 copies — all while record labels salivate to sign him.
For Boston Red Sox fans already salivating for their first baseball fix of 2013, there are now some dates to focus on.
Salivate Over Paintings at Art Museum.
The Nintendo DS was on every kid's Christmas list, and Sony's PSP had visuals that made folks salivate.
Explosions, hot chicks, macho one-liners, and salivating mutants are all awesome.
The Dreaming Jaw, The Salivating Ear.
Salivating over his riches, Harold Simmons' daughters took him to court—but the Dallas tycoon insists he'll weather the storm.
That All-Star backcourt Nets fans have been salivating about is truly here now.
Google's push into wireless networking has equipment providers salivating at the prospect of building a new nationwide network.
Also, some people are salivating over owning shares.
Many a parent , Chan says, salivates at the thought of a free buggy.
With Rick Santorum out of the race for the Republican presidential nomination, political watchers across the nation seem to be salivating for a fight.
For years, Fort Worth sisters Adrea Deems and Shelley Wright cooked, packaged, and distributed by hand a holiday cranberry relish that made friends and family salivate.
Or you can salivate over veteran sexpots like Morris Chestnut, Denzel and Meagan Good (tuck your tongue in).
While many are still salivating over Tuesday's big win, others have shed tears, been physically ill, and perhaps still in shock, knowing the wrath we, as a country, will be facing.
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