I'm looking for a word that would mean "filled with so much gibberish that it's hard to extract what's relevant", "such is that the important bits are obscured by irrelevant ones". The word that comes to mind is "saturated", but I am not sure if that's the one.


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  • Adding these function calls all over your code will saturate your actual logic.
  • Yes, you can say that. Or it is dense with such things. Or say that the signal to noise ratio is low. Or say that the code contains a lot of cruft. Or just say that it is overly verbose or noisy.
    – Drew
    Commented Nov 14, 2016 at 0:42
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    I would use "riddled' for some of your cases. The sense you're looking for in your last example is unclear, however.
    – Hot Licks
    Commented Nov 14, 2016 at 1:26
  • As used in the question itself, obscured should suffice. Commented Nov 14, 2016 at 1:36
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    Saturated has at its base a meaning of unable to absorb any more. I would not advise using the word in your context and I certainly would not use it with qualifiers such as severely. @HotLicks’s riddled seems apropos to me.
    – Jim
    Commented Nov 14, 2016 at 3:42
  • @HotLicks the ~exact sentence I wanted to use this in is: «But alas, this is not a short piece of code, and sprinkling these bad boys [aforementioned long method calls] all over your Activities will heavily saturate your logic.» But I think I'll rephrase it with clutter or obscure. Thank you all!
    – Actine
    Commented Nov 14, 2016 at 16:35

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You can use saturated like that (referring to your title), but cluttered is shorter.

  1. Your code is cluttered.

  2. Your code is cluttered with irrelevant expressions.

Sentence (1) conveys your description. Sentence (2) conveys your title and description.

Cluttered (OED)

To crowd (a place or space) with a disorderly assemblage of things. Usu. in pass. Freq. const. up.

Saturate (OED)

  1. intr. To reach or exhibit a condition of saturation, in any sense; to reach a state in which no further change or increase is possible.

Note saturate alone has no negative connotations, and you cannot say severely saturated.


I'd say the code is rife with irrelevant noise. From www.vocabulary.com:

rife - Use the adjective rife to mean "full of" or "widespread," especially when you're talking about something negative.

Your meaning with saturated is clear to me, but it would mean that it was impossible to add more irrelevant junk. And that's not the case with code.

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    – tchrist
    Commented Nov 14, 2016 at 4:10
  • I have never heard this word before, which makes me believe it's not a very common one (especially to use in a tech article aimed at readers worldwide). But thanks for suggestion anyway!
    – Actine
    Commented Nov 14, 2016 at 16:31
  • @Actine - it is used half as often as the term source code.. It is not a particularly uncommon or archaic word.
    – stevesliva
    Commented Nov 14, 2016 at 16:40

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