defecate

  • 1 Defecate — Def e*cate, a. [L. defaecatus, p. p. of defaecare to defecate; de + faex, faecis, dregs, lees.] Freed from anything that can pollute, as dregs, lees, etc.; refined; purified. [1913 Webster] Till the soul be defecate from the dregs of sense. Bates …

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  • 2 Defecate — Def e*cate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Defecated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Defecating}.] 1. To clear from impurities, as lees, dregs, etc.; to clarify; to purify; to refine. [1913 Webster] To defecate the dark and muddy oil of amber. Boyle. [1913 Webster] 2.… …

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  • 3 Defecate — Def e*cate, v. i. 1. To become clear, pure, or free. Goldsmith. [1913 Webster] 2. To void excrement. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 4 defecate — 1570s, to purify, from L. defaecatus, pp. of defaecare cleanse from dregs, purify, from the phrase de faece from dregs (pl. faeces; see FECES (Cf. feces)). Excretory sense first recorded 1830 (defecation), Amer.Eng., from French. Related:… …

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  • 5 defecate — ► VERB ▪ discharge faeces from the body. DERIVATIVES defecation noun defecatory adjective. ORIGIN Latin defaecare, from faex dregs …

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  • 6 defecate — [def′i kāt΄] vt. defecated, defecating [< L defaecatus, pp. of defaecare, to cleanse from dregs, strain < de , from + faex (gen. faecis), grounds, dregs] to remove impurities from; refine (sugar, wine, etc.) vi. 1. to become free from… …

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  • 7 defecate — [[t]de̱fəkeɪt[/t]] defecates, defecating, defecated VERB When people and animals defecate, they get rid of waste matter from their body through their anus. [FORMAL] Animals defecate after every meal. Derived words: defecation… …

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  • 8 defecate — UK [ˈdefəkeɪt] / US [ˈdefəˌkeɪt] verb [intransitive] Word forms defecate : present tense I/you/we/they defecate he/she/it defecates present participle defecating past tense defecated past participle defecated formal to get rid of solid waste from …

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  • 9 defecate — verb /ˈdɛfɪkeɪt,ˈdɛfəkeɪt/ a) To purify, to clean of dregs etc. Some are of opinion that such fat, standing waters make the best beer, and that seething doth defecate it [...]. b) To purge; to pass (something) as excrement. Syn: crap, drite …

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  • 10 defecate —    to shit    The original meaning was to purify or cleanse.    Thus William Harvey could write in the 17th century:     The blood is not sufficiently defecated or clarified, but remains cloudy. (Harvey, 1628)    Now defecate and defecation are… …

    How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • 11 defecate — verb ( cated; cating) Etymology: Latin defaecatus, past participle of defaecare, from de + faec , faex dregs, lees Date: 1575 transitive verb 1. to free from impurity or corruption 2. to discharge from the an …

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  • 12 defecate — v.i. [L. defaecare, to void excrement] To void feces …

    Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • 13 defecate — defecation, n. /def i kayt /, v., defecated, defecating. v.i. 1. to void excrement from the bowels through the anus; have a bowel movement. 2. to become clear of dregs, impurities, etc. v.t. 3. to clear of dregs, impurities, etc.; purify; refine …

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  • 14 defecate — To perform defecation. * * * def·e·cate or chiefly Brit def·ae·cate def i .kāt vb, cat·ed; cat·ing vt to discharge from the anus vi to discharge feces from the bowels …

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  • 15 defecate — Synonyms and related words: blow, blow out, ca ca, clean out, clear, clear away, clear off, clear out, clear the decks, crap, deplete, drain, dung, eliminate, empty, empty out, evacuate, excrete, exhaust, number two, purge, remove, scour out,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 16 defecate — (Roget s IV) v. Syn. move (one s) bowels, void, excrete, pass; see excrete …

    English dictionary for students

  • 17 defecate — def|e|cate [ˈdefıkeıt] v [Date: 1400 1500; : Latin; Origin: defaecere, from faex [i] waste material ] formal to get rid of waste matter from your ↑bowels >defecation [ˌdefıˈkeıʃən] n [U] …

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  • 18 defecate — def|e|cate [ defə,keıt ] verb intransitive FORMAL to get rid of solid waste from your body at the toilet ╾ def|e|ca|tion [ ,defə keıʃn ] noun uncount …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 19 defecate — def·e·cate || defɪkeɪt v. refine; have a bowel movement …

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  • 20 defecate — [ dɛfəkeɪt, di:f ] verb discharge faeces from the body. Derivatives defecation noun defecator noun defecatory adjective Origin ME (orig. in the sense clear of dregs, purify ): from L. defaecat , defaecare, from de + faex …

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