Su`per*na"tant (?), a. [L. supernatanus, p.pr. of supernatare to swim above; super above + natare to swim.]

Swimming above; floating on the surface; as, oil supernatant on water.

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Su`per*na"tant (?), n. Chem.

The liquid remaining after solids suspended in a liquid have been sedimented by gravity or by centrifugation. Contrasted with the solid sediment, or (in centrifugation) the pellet.

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