pestle

pestle
   A tool used to crush or grind substances in a mortar. Before many artists' materials were manufactured and made commercially available, artists and their assistants produced paints and other media from raw materials, grinding many of them to prepare colorants, binders, glazes, investments, etc.

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  • pestle — pes tle (p[e^]s t l or p[e^]s l; 277), n. [OE. pestel, OF. pestel, LL. pestellum, L. pistillum, pistillus, a pounder, pestle, fr. pisere, pinsere, to pound, crush, akin to Gr. ?, Skr. pish. Cf. {Pistil}.] 1. An implement for pounding and breaking …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pestle — pes tle, v. t. & i. [imp. & p. p. {Pestled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Pestling}.] To pound, pulverize, bray, or mix with a pestle, or as with a pestle; to use a pestle. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pestle — late 13c., from O.Fr. pestel, from L. pistillum pounder, pestle, related to pinsere to pound, from PIE *pis to , suffixed form of root *peis to crush (Cf. Skt. pinasti pounds, crushes, pistah anything ground, meal, Gk. ptissein to winnow, O.C.S …   Etymology dictionary

  • pestle — [pes′əl, pes′təl] n. [ME pestel < OFr < L pistillum < pinsere, to pound < IE base * pis , to pound, crush > Gr ptissein, to stamp] 1. a tool, usually club shaped, used to pound or grind substances in a mortar: see MORTAR 2. any of… …   English World dictionary

  • pestle — ► NOUN ▪ a heavy tool with a rounded end, used for crushing and grinding substances in a mortar. ORIGIN Latin pistillum, from pinsere to pound …   English terms dictionary

  • pestle — I. noun Etymology: Middle English pestel, from Anglo French, from Latin pistillum, from pinsere to pound, crush; akin to Greek ptissein to crush, Sanskrit pinaṣṭi he pounds Date: 14th century 1. a usually club shaped implement for pounding or… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Pestle — Die STEP Analyse (auch bekannt als PEST Analyse) ist ein englisches Akronym für Sociological, Technological, Economical and Political Change (zu deutsch: sozio kulturell, technologisch, ökonomisch, politisch). Die STEP Analyse ist ein Modell der… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • pestle — /pes euhl, pes tl/, n., v., pestled, pestling. n. 1. a tool for pounding or grinding substances in a mortar. See illus. under mortar1. 2. any of various appliances for pounding, stamping, etc. v.t. 3. to pound or grind with or as if with a pestle …   Universalium

  • pestle — UK [ˈpes(ə)l] / US noun [countable] Word forms pestle : singular pestle plural pestles a short hard object with a round end, used for crushing food or chemical substances in a bowl called a mortar …   English dictionary

  • pestle — /ˈpɛsəl / (say pesuhl) noun 1. a club shaped implement to be held in the hand when it is being used to crush material in a mortar (mortar1 def. 1). 2. any of various appliances for pounding, stamping, etc. –verb (pestled, pestling) –verb (t) 3.… …  

  • pestle —   Mea ku i.    ♦ Whale tooth pestle, palaoa ku i.    ♦ Wooden palu pestle, lā au kui i palu …   English-Hawaiian dictionary

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