Definition of Pestle

1. Noun. Machine consisting of a heavy bar that moves vertically for pounding or crushing ores.

Exact synonyms: Stamp
Group relationships: Battery, Stamp Battery
Generic synonyms: Machine
Derivative terms: Stamp

2. Verb. Grind, mash or pulverize in a mortar. "Pestle the garlic"
Generic synonyms: Bray, Comminute, Crunch, Grind, Mash

3. Noun. A heavy tool of stone or iron (usually with a flat base and a handle) that is used to grind and mix material (as grain or drugs or pigments) against a slab of stone.
Exact synonyms: Muller, Pounder
Generic synonyms: Tool
Derivative terms: Pound

4. Noun. A club-shaped hand tool for grinding and mixing substances in a mortar.
Generic synonyms: Hand Tool

Definition of Pestle

1. n. An implement for pounding and breaking or braying substances in a mortar.

2. v. t. & i. To pound, pulverize, bray, or mix with a pestle, or as with a pestle; to use a pestle.

Definition of Pestle

1. Noun. A club-shaped, round-headed stick used in a mortar to pound, crush, rub or grind things. ¹

2. Verb. To pound, crush, rub or grind (things), as in a mortar with a pestle. ¹

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Definition of Pestle

1. to crush with a club-shaped hand tool [v -TLED, -TLING, -TLES]

Medical Definition of Pestle

1. An instrument in the shape of a rod with one rounded and weighted extremity, used for bruising, breaking, grinding, and mixing substances in a mortar. Origin: L. Pistillum, fr. Pinso, or piso, to pound (05 Mar 2000)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Pestle

pestis ambulans
pestis bubonica
pestis fulminans
pestis major
pestis minor
pestis siderans
pestivirus infections
pestle (current term)

Literary usage of Pestle

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1. Anthropological Papers of the American Museum of Natural History by American Museum of Natural History (1910)
"pestle made of Stone 33. pestle made of Stone 34. pestle made of Stone 35. pestle made of Steatite 36. pestle or Roller made of Stone 37. ..."

2. A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities by William Smith (1891)
"The material was Besides the old-fashioned use instead of corn- mills, they were retained for all purposes for which the mortar and pestle are now employed ..."

3. Jewelry Making and Design: An Illustrated Text Book for Teachers, Students by Augustus Foster Rose, Antonio Cirino (1917)
"After being broken, it is then placed in a porcelain mortar and, with water enough to cover it, it is ground about as fine as fine sand, with the pestle. ..."

4. Quarterly of the Oregon Historical Society: June 1925, Volume Xxvi, Number 2 by Oregon Historical Society (1901)
"pestle—With animal head. Found on Mosier Creek, near Columbia River. 157. ... pestle—Found at Hood River. pestle—Found at Hood River. pestle—Found at The ..."

5. English Writers: An Attempt Towards a History of English Literature by Henry Morley, William Hall Griffin (1895)
""The Knight of the Burning pestle" was a lively burlesque on the taste for high-flown romances, which Cervantes had attacked five or six years before in his ..."

6. The Antiquities of Tennessee and the Adjacent States, and the State of by Gates Phillips Thruston (1897)
"A well-shaped disc, apparently of the ordinary Tennessee pattern, from New Mexico, with " a paint-pestle " in it, is illustrated in the Fourth Annual Report ..."

7. A History of English Poetry by William John Courthope (1903)
"The design of The Knight of the Burning pestle is singularly ingenious. A play of the ordinary middle- class romantic kind is on the point of being ..."

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