from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To void feces from the bowels.
- transitive v. To remove (impurities, as in a chemical solution); clarify.
- transitive v. To void (feces) from the bowels.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To purify, to clean of dregs etc.
- v. To purge; to pass (something) as excrement.
- v. To empty one's bowels of feces.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Freed from anything that can pollute, as dregs, lees, etc.; refined; purified.
- transitive v. To clear from impurities, as lees, dregs, etc.; to clarify; to purify; to refine.
- transitive v. To free from extraneous or polluting matter; to clear; to purify, as from that which materializes.
- intransitive v. To become clear, pure, or free.
- intransitive v. To void excrement.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To purify; clarify; clear from dregs or impurities; refine.
- To purify from admixture; clear; purge of extraneous matter.
- To become clear or freed from impurities; clarify.
- To void excrement.
- Purged from dregs; clarified; defecated.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. have a bowel movement
Latin dēfaecāre, to clean the dregs from : dē-, de- + faex, faec-, dregs.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the participle stem of Latin dēfaecāre ("to purify"), from de- and faex ("dreg, impurity"). (Wiktionary)