pestle

Definitions

  • A few items unearthed at Jamestown which were used by doctors and apothecaries. Included are drug jars, ointment pot, bleeding bowl, mortar and pestle fragments, glass vials, and portions of surgical instruments
    A few items unearthed at Jamestown which were used by doctors and apothecaries. Included are drug jars, ointment pot, bleeding bowl, mortar and pestle fragments, glass vials, and portions of surgical instruments
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v pestle grind, mash or pulverize in a mortar "pestle the garlic"
    • n pestle a club-shaped hand tool for grinding and mixing substances in a mortar
    • n 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
    • n pestle machine consisting of a heavy bar that moves vertically for pounding or crushing ores
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • pestle A constable's or bailiff's staff; -- so called from its shape.
    • pestle An implement for pounding and breaking or braying substances in a mortar; as, to grind with a mortar and pestle .
    • pestle The leg and leg bone of an animal, especially of a pig; as, a pestle of pork.
    • v. t. & i pestle To pound, pulverize, bray, or mix with a pestle, or as with a pestle; to use a pestle.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pestle An instrument for pounding and breaking a substance in a mortar.
    • n pestle In machinery:
    • n pestle The vertically moving bar of a stamp-mill.
    • n pestle One of the pounders or mallets used in a fulling-mill.
    • n pestle The leg of certain animals, especially of the pig.
    • n pestle A short staff carried by a constable or bailiff. Compare mace.
    • pestle To break or pound with a pestle; pulverize, grind, or rub with a pestle, as in a mortar.
    • pestle To use a pestle; pound.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Pestle pes′l or pest′l an instrument for pounding anything in a mortar
    • v.t., v.i Pestle to pound with a pestle: to use a pestle
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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

Usage

In literature:

Mash with a wooden spoon or pestle, then cover and cook until the currants have reached the boiling point and are soft.
"Good Things to Eat as Suggested by Rufus" by Rufus Estes
Similar to the last group, but appears to have been used as a pestle as well as a rubber.
"Illustrated Catalogue of the Collections Obtained from the Indians of New Mexico in 1880" by James Stevenson
Tesuke mortar and pestle 410 Figs.
"Illustrated Catalogue Of The Collections Obtained From The Indians Of New Mexico And Arizona In 1879" by James Stevenson
Mash them in a porcelain kettle, with wooden pestle without heating as that makes the jelly dark.
"My Pet Recipes, Tried and True" by Various
Then they called to Pestle.
"Myths and Legends of the Great Plains" by Unknown
At this particular Ziarat, a small marble mortar with pestle and a marble hammer, occupied the most prominent place.
"Across Coveted Lands" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
Amarar, armed with the pestle, still warm and reeking with his infant's blood, was foremost in the onset.
"Captain Canot" by Brantz Mayer
You will see that the prince will say to you: 'The mortar is fine and good, but, peasant, where is the pestle?
"Italian Popular Tales" by Thomas Frederick Crane
The corn was pounded with a heavy pestle in a large mortar made by burning an excavation in a solid block of wood.
"Daniel Boone" by John S. C. Abbott
He wiped out the mortar, threw in some drugs, and, showing me how to use the pestle, left me to my work.
"Japhet in Search of a Father" by Frederick Marryat
But 'the first handful of gunpowder' did not, as Carlyle claims, drive Monk Schwartz's pestle through the ceiling.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol 3 No 3, March 1863" by Various
It seemed to her that her right hand always had a mortar-pestle in it.
"Little Grandmother" by Sophie May
A large wooden mortar and pestle, used for pounding rice, stood in the kitchen.
"The Fire People" by Ray Cummings
Equipment shortages included surgical instruments and mortar and pestles for pulverizing the crude drugs.
"Drug Supplies in the American Revolution" by George B. Griffenhagen
It not only survives rude blows, but its true virtue is only extracted by the pestle of tribulation.
"The Faith Doctor" by Edward Eggleston
She beats out the rice in a wooden trough, with a long pole, or pestle.
"Sketches of Our Life at Sarawak" by Harriette McDougall
There were also seventeen unvarnished vases of terra-cotta and seven clay dishes, and a large pestle and mortar.
"Museum of Antiquity" by L. W. Yaggy
It had a short handle, and we thought it might have been a sort of pestle for the big mortar.
"Dwellers in Arcady" by Albert Bigelow Paine
Oh, dey had one of dese pestle en mortar to beat it out.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
Rub the residue with a pestle into a paste with boiling water.
"All About Coffee" by William H. Ukers
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In poetry:

Next stept the Doctor's "manly limb,"
A pestle huge was borne by him;
His heart as valiant forsooth,
As ever dar'd to draw a tooth.
"The Watch And Ward." by Samuel Bamford
I'm not flat and sly
Like a spatula creeping up from below.
At most I am a heavy and clumsy pestle
Mashing good and bad together
For a little taste
And a little fragrance.
"What Kind Of A Person" by Yehuda Amichai

In news:

Add the garlic and salt to the mortar bowl and grind slowly with the pestle, moving in one direction only.
Pound the garlic, ginger and chilies using a mortar and pestle, or pulse in a processor until it forms a coarse paste.
"It was like a huge mortar and pestle," Dr Robert Shaler, the director of forensic biology, said.
Real Chefs Grind It With A Mortar And Pestle .
The mortar and pestle can be found in kitchens around the world, including Thailand.
The owner hand-grinds chickpeas in a mortar and pestle for each batch of the shop's stellar hummus – Israeli Restaurant Picks.
My pestle's worn deep into stone.
Welcome to Watch List, where we identify five things on TV to watch while you stay at home and make guacamole using your mortar and pestle.
In the last four months, singer/songwriter Hana Pestle has performed 80 shows at colleges around the country.
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In science:

C. The subsequent material was ground with a mortar and pestle to obtain a powder which was then subjected to high temperature oxidation (100% O2) and reduction (100 H2, 1% and 5% H2 in Ar) in a tube furnace.
A unique metal-semiconductor interface and resultant electron transfer phenomenon
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