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pestle

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noun pes·tle \ˈpe-səl, ˈpes-təl\

Definition of pestle

  1. 1 :  a usually club-shaped implement for pounding or grinding substances in a mortar — see mortar illustration

  2. 2 :  any of various devices for pounding, stamping, or pressing

Illustration of pestle

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


First Known Use: 14th century


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pestle

verb pes·tle

Definition of pestle

pestled

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pestling

play \ˈpe-s(ə-)liŋ, ˈpes-təl-iŋ\

archaic

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to beat, pound, or pulverize with or as if with a pestle

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to work with a pestle :  use a pestle

15th Century

First Known Use of pestle

15th century


PESTLE Defined for English Language Learners

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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

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noun pes·tle \ˈpe-səl\

Definition of pestle for Students

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


Medical Dictionary

pestle

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noun pes·tle \ˈpes-əl also ˈpes-təl\

Medical Definition of pestle

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



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