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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To extract (one material) from another, usually by means of a solvent.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To wash off; cleanse.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb rare To wash out.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive To separate one substance from another by means of a solvent; to wash; to cleanse.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb wash out with a solvent, as in chromatography

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From Latin ēluere, ēlūt-, to wash out : ē-, ex-, ex- + -luere, to wash; see leu(ə)- in Indo-European roots.]

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Latin elutus (washed out), 1731.

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