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English Dictionary: pestle by the DICT Development Group
3 results for pestle
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. machine consisting of a heavy bar that moves vertically for pounding or crushing ores
    Synonym(s): stamp, pestle
  2. 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
    Synonym(s): pestle, muller, pounder
  3. a club-shaped hand tool for grinding and mixing substances in a mortar
  1. grind, mash or pulverize in a mortar; "pestle the garlic"
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Pestle \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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Pestle \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.
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