A"er*ate (#), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Arated (#); p. pr. & vb. n. Arating (#).] [Cf. F. a'erer. See Air,v. t.]

1.

To combine or charge with gas; usually with carbonic acid gas, formerly called fixed air.

His sparkling sallies bubbled up as from aerated natural fountains. Carlyle.

2.

To supply or impregnate with common air; as, to aerate soil; to aerate water.

3. Physiol.

To expose to the chemical action of air; to oxygenate (the blood) by respiration; to arterialize.

Aerated bread, bread raised by charging dough with carbonic acid gas, instead of generating the gas in the dough by fermentation.

 

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