• WordNet 3.6
    • v macerate cause to grow thin or weak "The treatment emaciated him"
    • v macerate soften, usually by steeping in liquid, and cause to disintegrate as a result "macerate peaches","the gizzards macerates the food in the digestive system"
    • v macerate become soft or separate and disintegrate as a result of excessive soaking "the tissue macerated in the water"
    • v macerate separate into constituents by soaking
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Macerate To make lean; to cause to waste away.
    • Macerate To soften by steeping in a liquid, with or without heat; to wear away or separate the parts of by steeping; as, to macerate animal or vegetable fiber.
    • Macerate To subdue the appetites of by poor and scanty diet; to mortify.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • macerate To steep or soak almost to solution; soften and separate the parts of by steeping in a fluid, usually without heat, or by the digestive process: as, to maceratc a plant for the extraction of its medicinal properties; food is macerated in the stomach.
    • macerate To make lean; cause to grow lean or to waste away.
    • macerate To harass or mortify; worry; annoy.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Macerate mas′ėr-āt to steep: to soften by steeping: to make lean: to mortify
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. maceratus, p. p. of macerare, to make soft, weaken, enervate; cf. Gr. to knead
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. macerāre, -ātum, to steep.


In literature:

The army demanded Macer's execution.
"Tacitus: The Histories, Volumes I and II" by Caius Cornelius Tacitus
His nerves macerated by this sinful apparition, Baldur struggled to resist her mute command.
"Visionaries" by James Huneker
A red can also be produced by macerating red-sanders in rectified spirits of naphtha.
"French Polishing and Enamelling" by Richard Bitmead
Or persons with good teeth may eat the grapes, including the skins and stones, if they thoroughly macerate the latter.
"Food Remedies" by Florence Daniel
To this assurance he added some affectionate counsels, advising her and her companions not to go to extremes with their macerations.
"Life of St. Francis of Assisi" by Paul Sabatier
Stir with a wooden macerator.
"Canada and the Canadians" by Sir Richard Henry Bonnycastle
The saint of the mediaeval mosaic represents the body in its extreme maceration and humiliation.
"Historical and Political Essays" by William Edward Hartpole Lecky
Hogged wood is mill refuse and logs that have been passed through a "hogging machine" or macerator.
"Steam, Its Generation and Use" by Babcock & Wilcox Co.
But Guapo said it was not from the seeds that the dye was obtained, but from the leaves, which turn red when macerated in water.
"The Forest Exiles" by Mayne Reid
Macer floridus De viribus herbarum.
"The Old English Herbals" by Eleanour Sinclair Rohde

In poetry:

Christ follows Dionysus,
Phallic and ambrosial
Made way for macerations;
Caliban casts out Ariel.
"E.P. Ode Pour L'election De Son Sepulchre" by Ezra Pound

In news:

You'll see fruitcakes and things like that, macerated fruit, trifle, old-fashioned British sort of desserts, that I thought were passe in the '90s, and 2010 even.
Dishes come with fluffy lima bean rice, roasted tomatoes, yogurt sauce, and a macerated cucumber-tomato salad that tastes of mint and tarragon.
45 to 60 minutes, plus macerating.
Kent State offers Macer .
Marius Hartwig has only done a small amount of custom maceration , but has had plenty of opportunities to do more.
The strawberries should macerate in the Cointreau and Orange juice mixture for at least 3 to 4 hours.
40 minutes, plus macerating and cooling times.
Belvedere Vodka, a brand of LVMH Holdings, added Bloody Mary to its line of macerations.
Serve with macerated fruit and sweetened whipped cream.
Saffron panna cotta with Moscato-macerated carrot, shaved dark chocolate and garam masala syrup.
Meanwhile, mix figs , sugar, vinegar, honey, rosemary and salt in a medium bowl and let macerate at least 15 minutes and up to overnight while your crust chills.
Linton Hopkins calls this vinegary slaw a maceration salad, because it sits overnight to develop its superbly tangy flavor.
Beach Plum Gin Liqueur starts with Greenhook's flagship American Dry Gin, to which whole beach plums are added and left to macerate for 6–9 months.
2 HRS plus overnight macerating.
Her wildly popular Farmers Market Sundaes use lemon frozen yogurt and fresh berries, macerated with Champagne, port or Grand Marnier.