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Meaning of PESTLE

Pronunciation:  'pesul

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a club-shaped hand tool for grinding and mixing substances in a mortar
  2. [n]  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
  3. [n]  machine consisting of a heavy bar that moves vertically for pounding or crushing ores
  4. [v]  grind or pulverize in a pestle

PESTLE is a 6 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: muller, pounder, stamp
 See Also: battery, bray, comminute, crunch, grind, hand tool, machine, mash, stamp battery, tool



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Pes"tle\, n. [OE. pestel, OF. pestel, LL. pestellum, L.
    pistillum, pistillus, a pounder, pestle, fr. pisere, pinsere,
    to pound, crush, akin to Gr. ?, Skr. pish. Cf. {Pistil}.]
    1. An implement for pounding and breaking or braying
       substances in a mortar.
    2. A constable's or bailiff's staff; -- so called from its
       shape. [Obs.] --Chapman.
    3. The leg and leg bone of an animal, especially of a pig;
       as, a pestle of pork.
  2. \Pes"tle\, v. t. & i. [imp. & p. p. {Pestled}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Pestling}.]
    To pound, pulverize, bray, or mix with a pestle, or as with a
    pestle; to use a pestle.
Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: abrade, atomize, beat, bray, brecciate, cheese grater, comminute, comminutor, contriturate, crumb, crumble, crush, crusher, disintegrate, flour, fragment, grain, granulate, granulator, granulize, grate, grater, grind, grind to powder, grinder, kominuter, levigate, levigator, mash, masher, mill, millstone, mortar and pestle, nutmeg grater, pound, powder, pulverize, pulverizer, quern, quernstone, reduce to powder, rock crusher, roller, scrunch, shard, shred, shredder, smash, squash, steamroller, triturate, triturator