Help support Wordnik by adopting your favorite word!

Definitions

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

  • To break or pound with a pestle; pulverize, grind, or rub with a pestle, as in a mortar.
  • To use a pestle; pound.
  • 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.

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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.