filtered

adjective fil·tered \ ˈfil-tərd \

Definition of filtered

1 : having unwanted elements (such as sediments) removed by means of a filter : subjected to filtration
  • filtered water
2 : made less intense, full, or pure by being partially blocked
  • plants that do well in filtered sunlight
  • Adjustable slats (vanes) fit between sheets of polyester fabric, allowing a filtered view or complete privacy.
  • —Daniel Gregory
  • Frantic July tourist cars sent up a filtered sound and smell through the tall plane trees below the windows.
  • —M. F. K. Fisher
3 : having a filter
  • filtered cigarettes
  • A few days or perhaps weeks later, the person moves into one of the big, specially filtered rooms and starts the chemotherapy, which is tenderly called ablation.
  • —Sallie Tisdale

First Known Use of filtered

circa 1600

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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