elutriate(redirected from elutriating)
tr.v. e·lu·tri·at·ed, e·lu·tri·at·ing, e·lu·tri·ates
1. To purify, separate, or remove (ore, for example) by washing, decanting, and settling.
2. To wash away the lighter or finer particles of (soil, for example).
[Latin elutriāre, elutriāt- (from *elutrium, vat, bath, from Greek *elutrion, diminutive of elutron, cover, sheath, tank; see elytron) or ēlūtriāre (from *ēlūtor, one who washes, from ēluere, to wash out; see elute).]
(Chemistry) (tr) to purify or separate (a substance or mixture) by washing and straining or decanting
[C18: from Latin ēlūtriāre to wash out, from ēluere, from ē- out + lavere to wash]
v.t. -at•ed, -at•ing.
1. to purify by washing and straining or decanting.
2. to separate the light and heavy particles of (a substance) by washing.
[1725–35; < Latin elutriātus, past participle of elutriāre to rinse in a vat]
Past participle: elutriated