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pestle
pestle (foreground) and mortar (background)

pes·tle

 (pĕs′əl, pĕs′təl)
n.
1. A club-shaped, handheld tool for grinding or mashing substances in a mortar.
2. A large bar moved vertically to stamp or pound, as in a press or mill.
v. pes·tled, pes·tling, pes·tles
v.tr.
To pound, grind, or mash with or as if with a pestle.
v.intr.
To use a pestle.

[Middle English pestel, from Old French, from Latin pistillum.]

pestle

(ˈpɛsəl)
n
1. (Cookery) a club-shaped instrument for mixing or grinding substances in a mortar
2. (Tools) a tool for pounding or stamping
vb
(Mechanical Engineering) to pound (a substance or object) with or as if with a pestle
[C14: from Old French pestel, from Latin pistillum; related to pinsāre to crush]

pes•tle

(ˈpɛs əl, ˈpɛs tl)

n., v. -tled, -tling. n.
1. a tool for pounding or grinding substances in a mortar.
2. any of various appliances for pounding or stamping.
v.t.
3. to pound or grind with or as if with a pestle.
[1300–50; Middle English pestel < Middle French < Latin pistillum, derivative of pistus, past participle of pīnsere to pound, crush]

pestle


Past participle: pestled
Gerund: pestling

Imperative
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Present
I pestle
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he/she/it pestles
we pestle
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Preterite
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Present Continuous
I am pestling
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they are pestling
Present Perfect
I have pestled
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you have pestled
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Past Continuous
I was pestling
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Past Perfect
I had pestled
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Future
I will pestle
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Future Perfect
I will have pestled
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Future Continuous
I will be pestling
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we will be pestling
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Present Perfect Continuous
I have been pestling
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Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been pestling
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Past Perfect Continuous
I had been pestling
you had been pestling
he/she/it had been pestling
we had been pestling
you had been pestling
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Conditional
I would pestle
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Past Conditional
I would have pestled
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pestle - machine consisting of a heavy bar that moves vertically for pounding or crushing ores
stamp battery, battery - a series of stamps operated in one mortar for crushing ores
machine - any mechanical or electrical device that transmits or modifies energy to perform or assist in the performance of human tasks
2.pestle - 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
tool - an implement used in the practice of a vocation
3.pestle - a club-shaped hand tool for grinding and mixing substances in a mortar
hand tool - a tool used with workers' hands
Verb1.pestle - grind, mash or pulverize in a mortar; "pestle the garlic"
comminute, bray, mash, crunch, grind - reduce to small pieces or particles by pounding or abrading; "grind the spices in a mortar"; "mash the garlic"
Translations
مِدَقَّه، يد الهاوِن
palička
støder
mozsártörő
stautur
grūstuvaspiesta
piesta
dibek tokmağı

pestle

[ˈpesl] Nmano f (de mortero)

pestle

[ˈpɛsəl] npilon m
pestle and mortar → mortier et pilon

pestle

nStößel m

pestle

[ˈpɛsl] npestello

pestle

(ˈpesl) noun
a tool like a small club, used for pounding things to powder, especially in a mortar. He ground the nutmeg to a powder with a mortar and pestle.
References in classic literature ?
The objects at present on the table are, a pestle and mortar, and a saucepanful of the dry bones of animals--in plain words, the dinner for the day.
He gave it a wild rap with the pestle, but felt it not.
And the Madman seized nervously on his pestle and mortar, to show the Doctor the harmlessness of his pursuits, and went on pounding--click, click, click.
Davis be arrested without delay, and Hannah shook her fist at the `villain' and pounded potatoes for dinner as if she had him under her pestle.
After this, I made a great heavy pestle or beater of the wood called the iron-wood; and this I prepared and laid by against I had my next crop of corn, which I proposed to myself to grind, or rather pound into meal to make bread.
Sometimes she might have been seen squatting upon her haunches in front of a huge wooden basin, and kneading poee-poee with terrific vehemence, dashing the stone pestle about as if she would shiver the vessel into fragments; on other occasions, galloping about the valley in search of a particular kind of leaf, used in some of her recondite operations, and returning home, toiling and sweating, with a bundle of it, under which most women would have sunk.
The young men, who had already completed their tasks with the axe, were all engaged after their lounging and listless manner; some in bestowing equitable portions of the fodder among the different animals; others in plying the heavy pestle of a moveable homminy-mortar[*]; and one or two in wheeling the remainder of the wagons aside, and arranging them in such a manner as to form a sort of outwork for their otherwise defenceless bivouac.
Bob Sawyer ordered in the largest mortar in the shop, and proceeded to brew a reeking jorum of rum-punch therein, stirring up and amalgamating the materials with a pestle in a very creditable and apothecary-like manner.
Jo crosses and comes halting and shuffling up, slowly scooping the knuckles of his right hand round and round in the hollowed palm of his left, kneading dirt with a natural pestle and mortar.
Cut a mortar (13) three feet wide and a pestle three cubits long, and an axle of seven feet, for it will do very well so; but if you make it eight feet long, you can cut a beetle (14) from it as well.
I told his impudence that the gilt pestle and mortar was quite ornament enough; as if I was born, indeed, to be a country surgeon's wife
The golden pestles and mortars fixed as signs upon the sun-blind frames outside the Druggists', appear to have been just turned out of the United States' Mint; and when I saw a baby of some week or ten days old in a woman's arms at a street corner, I found myself unconsciously wondering where it came from: never supposing for an instant that it could have been born in such a young town as that.