• WordNet 3.6
    • n impregnation creation by the physical union of male and female gametes; of sperm and ova in an animal or pollen and ovule in a plant
    • n impregnation the process of totally saturating something with a substance "the impregnation of wood with preservative","the saturation of cotton with ether"
    • n impregnation material with which something is impregnated "the impregnation, whatever it was, had turned the rock blue"
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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
    • Impregnation (Mining) An ore deposit, with indefinite boundaries, consisting of rock impregnated with ore.
    • Impregnation Intimate mixture; infusion; saturation.
    • Impregnation That with which anything is impregnated.
    • Impregnation The act of impregnating or the state of being impregnated; fecundation.
    • Impregnation (Biol) The fusion of a female germ cell (ovum) with a male germ cell (in animals, a spermatozoön) to form a single new cell endowed with the power of developing into a new individual; fertilization; fecundation.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n impregnation The act of impregnating, or the state of being impregnated; fertilization; fecundation.
    • n impregnation Intimate mixture of parts or particles; infusion; saturation.
    • n impregnation That with which anything is impregnated.
    • n impregnation In geology, an irregular form of mineral deposit, not a true vein, but having some of the characters of one. See segregation, segregated vein (under vein), and carbona.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Impregnation the act of impregnating: that with which anything is impregnated
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  • Jeremy Collier
    Jeremy Collier
    “True courage is a result of reasoning. A brave mind is always impregnable.”
  • Lord Byron
    “Thy decay's still impregnate with divinity.”
  • William Blake
    “Joys impregnate. Sorrows bring forth.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. imprégnation, LL. impraegnatio,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Low L. imprægnāre, -ātumin, in, prægnans, pregnant.


In literature:

Around the fort was a ditch fifteen feet deep and of equal width, which made the village impregnable in Indian warfare.
"The Conquest of New France" by George M. Wrong
And, sixteen miles thence, the Hollow Needle, the impregnable sanctuary!
"The Hollow Needle" by Maurice Leblanc
The whole atmosphere is impregnated with vapor in about the same proportion.
"Side-lights on Astronomy and Kindred Fields of Popular Science" by Simon Newcomb
It seemed to me that they were nearly impregnable.
"The Memoirs of General W. T. Sherman, Complete" by William T. Sherman
At four o'clock Hooker reported his position as impregnable.
"Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant, Complete" by Ulysses S. Grant
The sea is impregnated with electricity.
"A Romance of Two Worlds" by Marie Corelli
Mr. Romfrey appeared impregnable, and Beauchamp mad.
"Beauchamp's Career, Complete" by George Meredith
Gower wrote in a language transparent of the act, addressed to a reader whose memory was to be impregnated.
"The Amazing Marriage, Complete" by George Meredith
Do not plant cucumbers, squash, or pumpkins too near each other, as they will often inter-impregnate and produce uneatable hybrids.
"Three Acres and Liberty" by Bolton Hall
The stream would reunite itself, the impregnable atom would let the staining substance fall unheeded.
"Watersprings" by Arthur Christopher Benson

In poetry:

All the air was thrill'd with sunrise,
Birds made music of her name,
And the god-impregnate water
Claspt her image ere she came.
"Daphne" by George Meredith
"O sacred soil His sandals pressed!
Sweet fountains of His noonday rest!
O light and air of Palestine,
Impregnate with His life divine!
"The Chapel of the Hermits" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Behind her rolling ramparts England lay,
Impregnable, and girt by cliff—built towers,
Weaving to peace and plenty, day by day,
The long—drawn hours.
"Pax Britannica" by Alfred Austin
Shall we not heed the lesson taught of old,
And by the Present's lips repeated still,
In our own single manhood to be bold,
Fortressed in conscience and impregnable will?
"To W.L. Garrison" by James Russell Lowell
In that far-off impregnable wilderness,
Wrapped in springtime twilight ethereal,
Woodland glades and dense thickets were quivering
With mad nightingales' thunderous paeans.
"White Night" by Boris Pasternak
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

In news:

Mini-Flap Discs with a zirconium grain abrasive for grinding, Cotton Fiber Discs impregnated with abrasives for blending, and MegaBrite surface conditioning discs with non-woven construction for final finishing.
This morning, Cindy Adams barked out a disturbing and cryptic announcement that the pending union between blonde movie star Uma Thurman and dashing Swiss financier and Elle Macpherson-impregnator Arki Busson was off.
The plot follows an obese, illiterate Harlem girl's struggle to turn her life around after being impregnated twice by her father.
I did look up in time to catch Courtney's Dad ask Ben to impregnate his daughter ABC used 'Dad asking Ben to impregnate his daughter' music.
Bachelor Recap- Please Impregnate My Daughter.
New Practice for the Utilization of Mobile, Automated Cured-In-Place Pipe (CIPP) Impregnation Systems.
This practice describes the procedures for the impregnation of 4 to 48 in (100 to 1200 mm) diameter cured-in-place pipe utilizing mobile, automated systems.
New Practice for Standard Practice for the Impregnation of Cured-In-Place Pipe Liners with Thermosetting Resins.
This practice describes the procedures for the impregnation of 4 to 120 in (100 to 3000 mm) diameter cured-in-place pipe (CIPP) utilizing thermosetting resins.
Ear tags impregnated with organophosphate or synthetic pyrethroid insecticides to control flies and ticks were introduced in the early 1980s.
Pregnant Padma Lakshmi has been mum about the identity of her unborn baby's father, but a new report says the man who impregnated the sexy TV host is drum roll, please venture capitalist / Columbia Business School professor Adam Dell.
Say what you will about her mothering skills, Sarah Palin is a dogged defender of her children and the boys who impregnate them.
The Republican nominee for US Senate in Pennsylvania suggested that a woman who was impregnated by a rapist faces a similar decision to one contemplating whether to give birth to a child out of wedlock .
We thought everyone knew about the news this week that Padma Lakshmi, noted endometriosis sufferer, had been miraculously impregnated by a mystery suitor.
A Guntersville man has been convicted of raping and impregnating a teenage family member.

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