from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One who or that which purifies or cleanses; a cleanser; a refiner; specifically, a purificator.
  • noun In milling, an apparatus for separating branscales and flour from grits or middlings.
  • noun In the manufacture of coal-gas, the tank or chamber in which the gas is exposed to the action of slaked lime, or to a mixture of this with the oxyhydroxid of iron, in order to remove objectionable constituents, especially carbon dioxid and sulphureted hydrogen.
  • noun A device for cleansing water from injurious or undesirable impurities.

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

  • noun One who, or that which, purifies or cleanses; a cleanser; a refiner.

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

  • noun A person or device that purifies (by removing impurities)

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

  • noun an apparatus for removing impurities


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  • I just take my purifier from the hunting closet and use it in my home to have a healthier living space for my family.

    Stink Free in Las Vegas 2008

  • Usually my water purifier is on, but about 5% of the time the ozone light has failed and I've only had my water go through the rather inefficient filter.

    Different Frame of Reference 2003

  • A purifier is a cool thing to have, but it only works if you have fairly clean water to start with.

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  • From the gasholder the gas passes through the pipe _J_, with cock _e_, to the purifier, which is charged with frankoline, puratylene, or other purifying material, whence it passes to the pipe _N_ leading to the place of combustion.

    Acetylene, the Principles of Its Generation and Use W. J. Atkinson Butterfield

  • From the gasholder the gas passes through a purifier, which is ordinarily charged with "Klenzal," and a baffle-box for abstraction of dust, to the service-pipe.

    Acetylene, the Principles of Its Generation and Use W. J. Atkinson Butterfield

  • La Croix of the machine which has since been called the purifier, which removed the dirt and light impurities from the refuse middlings in the same manner that dust and chaff are removed from wheat by a fanning mill.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 275, April 9, 1881 Various

  • The water is brought from the pump and discharged into the lower side of the heater well forward, and passes around the heating tubes to the end, when it is discharged into a pipe that carries it forward, either direct to the check or into the purifier, which is located between the frames under the boiler, and consists of a chamber in which are arranged a live steam coil and a filter above the coil.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 363, December 16, 1882 Various

  • (Charlene says, “We were looking into getting her the right kind of purifier and were talking it through with one of the nurses when Annette de la Renta rushed out and bought one.”)

    In Mrs. Astor's Shadow Ward, Vicky 2006

  • 4 Comparison with the Ganges is implied, that river being called the purifier of the world.

    Ramayana. English Valmiki 1866

  • Natural healers revere this herb as nature’s best blood purifier, that is, they believe that it rids the body of dangerous toxins.

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