American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To purify, separate, or remove (ore, for example) by washing, decanting, and settling.
- v. To wash away the lighter or finer particles of (soil, for example).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To purify by washing and straining or decanting; purify in general.
- v. to decant; to purify something by straining it
- v. to separate large and small particles through an upwardly flowing current of liquid or gas
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To wash or strain out so as to purify; ; to strain off or decant, as a powder which is separated from heavier particles by being drawn off with water; to cleanse, as by washing.
- From Latin elutriare ("wash out"), from e- + lutriare ("wash") (Wiktionary)
- Latin elutriāre, elutriāt- (from *elutrium, vat, bath, from Greek *elutrion, diminutive of elutron, cover, sheath, tank; see elytron) or ēlūtriāre (from *ēlūtor, one who washes, from ēluere, to wash out; see elute). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“USGS/Jim Vallance This photo of the July 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens shows an elutriate cloud from pyroclastic flow rising through cloud layer.”
“And further understanding pain will help to elutriate drug abuse and addiction, as well.”
“Of course, when you tidy up the MC, you elutriate your very soul.”
“I had to look up the elutriate but for some reason knew what salubrious meant.”
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