Suffuse vs Percolate - What's the difference?

suffuse | percolate |


As verbs the difference between suffuse and percolate

is that suffuse is to spread through or over something, especially as a liquid, colour or light; to perfuse while percolate is to pass a liquid through a porous substance; to filter.

As a noun percolate is

(rare) a liquid that has been percolated.

suffuse

English

Verb

(suffus)
  • To spread through or over something, especially as a liquid, colour or light; to perfuse.
  • The entire room was suffused with a golden light.
  • (figuratively) To spread through or over in the manner of a liquid.
  • The warmth suffused his cold fingers.

    Usage notes

    The verb is often used in the passive voice.

    Synonyms

    * diffuse

    Derived terms

    * suffusion * suffusive ----

    percolate

    English

    Verb

  • To pass a liquid through a porous substance; to filter.
  • To drain or seep through a porous substance.
  • Water percolates through sand.
  • To make (coffee) in a percolator.
  • I'll percolate some coffee.
  • (figuratively) To spread slowly or gradually; to slowly become noticed or realised.
  • Reports on the pitiful state of many prisons have finally percolated through to the Home Office, which has promised to look into the situation.
    Through media reports it percolated to the surface that the police investigation was profoundly flawed.

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • (rare) A liquid that has been percolated.