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pestle

noun pes·tle \ ˈpe-səl , ˈpes-tᵊl \

Definition of pestle

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

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Origin and Etymology of pestle

Middle English pestel, from Anglo-French, from Latin pistillum, from pinsere to pound, crush; akin to Greek ptissein to crush, Sanskrit pinaṣṭi he pounds


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pestle

verb

Definition of pestle

pestled; pestling play \ˈpe-s(ə-)liŋ, ˈpes-tᵊl-iŋ\
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

First Known Use of pestle

15th century


PESTLE Defined for English Language Learners

pestle

noun

Definition of pestle for English Language Learners

  • : a hard tool with a rounded end that is used for pounding or crushing substances (such as medicines) in a deep bowl (called a mortar)


PESTLE Defined for Kids

pestle

noun pes·tle \ ˈpe-səl \

Definition of pestle for Students

: a tool shaped like a small club for crushing substances in a mortar

Medical Dictionary

pestle

noun pes·tle \ ˈpes-əl also ˈpes-tᵊl \

medical Definition of pestle

: a usually club-shaped implement for pounding or grinding substances in a mortar


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