Pestle

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Pestle Meaning and Definition in Dictionary

Definitions from Wordnet 2.0


  • a club-shaped hand tool for grinding and mixing substances in a mortar
  • 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
  • machine consisting of a heavy bar that moves vertically for pounding or crushing ores
  • grind or pulverize in a pestle

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  • machine consisting of a heavy bar that moves vertically for pounding or crushing ores ,
  • 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 ,
  • a club-shaped hand tool for grinding and mixing substances in a mortar

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Pestle Meaning and Definition in Wikipedia


A mortar and pestle are two tools used with each other to mill (grind) and mix substances.

The mortar is bowl-shaped, and used to hold the substance to be ground. Mortars have smooth, rounded bottoms and wide mouths. The pestle is a stick used for pounding and grinding.

Mortar and pestles are sometimes used in pharmacies to crush various ingredients to make drugs. They can also be used in cooking to grind herbs.

Mortar is also a mix of lime, cement, sand, and water used to bond materials together.



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