from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
- transitive v. To pound, grind, or mash with or as if with a pestle.
- intransitive v. To use a pestle.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- 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.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An implement for pounding and breaking or braying substances in a mortar.
- n. 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.
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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
Middle English pestel, from Old French, from Latin pistillum.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Via Old French pestel, from Latin pistillum, from pīnsō ("pound, beat"). Cognate to pesto. (Wiktionary)