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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.]
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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]
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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]
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pestle


Past participle: pestled
Gerund: pestling

Imperative
pestle
pestle
Present
I pestle
you pestle
he/she/it pestles
we pestle
you pestle
they pestle
Preterite
I pestled
you pestled
he/she/it pestled
we pestled
you pestled
they pestled
Present Continuous
I am pestling
you are pestling
he/she/it is pestling
we are pestling
you are pestling
they are pestling
Present Perfect
I have pestled
you have pestled
he/she/it has pestled
we have pestled
you have pestled
they have pestled
Past Continuous
I was pestling
you were pestling
he/she/it was pestling
we were pestling
you were pestling
they were pestling
Past Perfect
I had pestled
you had pestled
he/she/it had pestled
we had pestled
you had pestled
they had pestled
Future
I will pestle
you will pestle
he/she/it will pestle
we will pestle
you will pestle
they will pestle
Future Perfect
I will have pestled
you will have pestled
he/she/it will have pestled
we will have pestled
you will have pestled
they will have pestled
Future Continuous
I will be pestling
you will be pestling
he/she/it will be pestling
we will be pestling
you will be pestling
they will be pestling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been pestling
you have been pestling
he/she/it has been pestling
we have been pestling
you have been pestling
they have been pestling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been pestling
you will have been pestling
he/she/it will have been pestling
we will have been pestling
you will have been pestling
they will have been pestling
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
they had been pestling
Conditional
I would pestle
you would pestle
he/she/it would pestle
we would pestle
you would pestle
they would pestle
Past Conditional
I would have pestled
you would have pestled
he/she/it would have pestled
we would have pestled
you would have pestled
they 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"
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Translations
مِدَقَّه، يد الهاوِن
palička
støder
mozsártörő
stautur
grūstuvaspiesta
piesta
dibek tokmağı

pestle

[ˈpesl] Nmano f (de mortero)
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

pestle

[ˈpɛsəl] npilon m
pestle and mortar → mortier et pilon
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

pestle

nStößel m
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

pestle

[ˈpɛsl] npestello
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

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.
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It was a stupidly designed, hollow ceramic pestle, clearly not cut out for the job of heavy-duty pestling, and it just gave up when called upon to reduce the cardamom seeds in my mortar to dust and broke in half.