American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A club-shaped, hand-held tool for grinding or mashing substances in a mortar.
- n. A large bar moved vertically to stamp or pound, as in a press or mill.
- v. To pound, grind, or mash with or as if with a pestle.
- v. To use a pestle.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An instrument for pounding and breaking a substance in a mortar.
- n. In machinery:
- n. The vertically moving bar of a stamp-mill.
- n. One of the pounders or mallets used in a fulling-mill.
- n. The leg of certain animals, especially of the pig.
- n. A short staff carried by a constable or bailiff. Compare mace.
- To break or pound with a pestle; pulverize, grind, or rub with a pestle, as in a mortar.
- To use a pestle; pound.
- n. A club-shaped, round-headed stick used in a mortar to pound, crush, rub or grind things.
- v. To pound, crush, rub or grind (things), as in a mortar with a pestle.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. An implement for pounding and breaking or braying substances in a mortar.
- n. obsolete A constable's or bailiff's staff; -- so called from its shape.
- n. The leg and leg bone of an animal, especially of a pig.
- v. To pound, pulverize, bray, or mix with a pestle, or as with a pestle; to use a pestle.
- n. machine consisting of a heavy bar that moves vertically for pounding or crushing ores
- v. grind, mash or pulverize in a mortar
- n. a club-shaped hand tool for grinding and mixing substances in a mortar
- 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
- Via Old French pestel, from Latin pistillum, from pīnsō ("pound, beat"). Cognate to pesto. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English pestel, from Old French, from Latin pistillum. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Puree the garlic and salt together (a mortar and pestle is the best tool for this job, but it can also be done in a blender).”
“The pestle, which is known as the tejolote, has also been carved out of the same volcanic rock.”
“As soon as I get a mortar and a pestle, that is the first chutney I am gonna make :.”
“The pestle is a pole, preferably and usually of heavy hardwood, about”
“By treading with all his force on the end of the handle, the naked kometsuki elevates the pestle, which is then allowed to fall back by its own weight into the rice-tub.”
“Each time I go to Paris, I vow to find a mortar and pestle, which is the only item missing from my list.”
“A grain of the substance, if it is solid, a drop if it is liquid, is to be added to about a third part of one hundred grains of sugar of milk in an unglazed porcelain capsule which has had the polish removed from the lower part of its cavity by rubbing it with wet sand; they are to be mingled for an instant with a bone or horn spatula, and then rubbed together for six minutes; then the mass is to be scraped together from the mortar and pestle, which is to take four minutes; then to be again rubbed for six minutes.”
“Note 110: CS 2076; Proto-Savanna Bantu * musi "pestle"; e.g.,”
“Lamba n. umunsi (imi -) "pestle"; Tsonga pl. musi "pestle, stamper"; Lenje muinshi, mwinshi n. (minshi) "pestle, pole for pounding grain.”
“But actually, the name pesto comes from the same Latin root of "pestle," which means a sauce made by crushing a few key ingredients together.”
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