pestle
I. noun Etymology: Middle English pestel, from Anglo-French, from Latin pistillum, from pinsere to pound, crush; akin to Greek ptissein to crush, Sanskrit pinaṣṭi he pounds Date: 14th century 1. a usually club-shaped implement for pounding or grinding substances in a mortar — see mortar illustration 2. any of various devices for pounding, stamping, or pressing II. verb (pestled; pestling) Date: 15th century transitive verb archaic to beat, pound, or pulverize with or as if with a pestle intransitive verb to work with a pestle ; use a pestle

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  • pestle — pes tle (p[e^]s t l or p[e^]s l; 277), n. [OE. pestel, OF. pestel, LL. pestellum, L. pistillum, pistillus, a pounder, pestle, fr. pisere, pinsere, to pound, crush, akin to Gr. ?, Skr. pish. Cf. {Pistil}.] 1. An implement for pounding and breaking …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pestle — pes tle, v. t. & i. [imp. & p. p. {Pestled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Pestling}.] To pound, pulverize, bray, or mix with a pestle, or as with a pestle; to use a pestle. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pestle — late 13c., from O.Fr. pestel, from L. pistillum pounder, pestle, related to pinsere to pound, from PIE *pis to , suffixed form of root *peis to crush (Cf. Skt. pinasti pounds, crushes, pistah anything ground, meal, Gk. ptissein to winnow, O.C.S …   Etymology dictionary

  • pestle — [pes′əl, pes′təl] n. [ME pestel < OFr < L pistillum < pinsere, to pound < IE base * pis , to pound, crush > Gr ptissein, to stamp] 1. a tool, usually club shaped, used to pound or grind substances in a mortar: see MORTAR 2. any of… …   English World dictionary

  • pestle — ► NOUN ▪ a heavy tool with a rounded end, used for crushing and grinding substances in a mortar. ORIGIN Latin pistillum, from pinsere to pound …   English terms dictionary

  • Pestle — Die STEP Analyse (auch bekannt als PEST Analyse) ist ein englisches Akronym für Sociological, Technological, Economical and Political Change (zu deutsch: sozio kulturell, technologisch, ökonomisch, politisch). Die STEP Analyse ist ein Modell der… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • pestle — /pes euhl, pes tl/, n., v., pestled, pestling. n. 1. a tool for pounding or grinding substances in a mortar. See illus. under mortar1. 2. any of various appliances for pounding, stamping, etc. v.t. 3. to pound or grind with or as if with a pestle …   Universalium

  • pestle — UK [ˈpes(ə)l] / US noun [countable] Word forms pestle : singular pestle plural pestles a short hard object with a round end, used for crushing food or chemical substances in a bowl called a mortar …   English dictionary

  • pestle — /ˈpɛsəl / (say pesuhl) noun 1. a club shaped implement to be held in the hand when it is being used to crush material in a mortar (mortar1 def. 1). 2. any of various appliances for pounding, stamping, etc. –verb (pestled, pestling) –verb (t) 3.… …   Australian English dictionary

  • pestle —   Mea ku i.    ♦ Whale tooth pestle, palaoa ku i.    ♦ Wooden palu pestle, lā au kui i palu …   English-Hawaiian dictionary

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