verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of filter
Synonyms for filter
Related Words for filterpermeate, drain, clean, leak, winnow, sift, refine, percolate, penetrate, trickle, dribble, clarify, screen, purify, distill, strain, ooze, escape, sieve, exude
Examples from the Web for filter
Contemporary Examples of filter
We are overwhelmed with data from every quarter, and our capacity to filter fact from fraud is limited.The Facts About Ferguson Matter, Dammit
December 3, 2014
By using some sort of filter—like, perhaps, a universally understood saying—the trait is more easily conveyed.Scotland’s ‘Yes’ Campaign and the Myth of Scottish Equality
September 18, 2014
Basically, my mother said with a touch of embarrassment, everyone else seemed to have a filter, so they bought one, too.
According to the box, the filter will provide me with better-tasting water.
You research a world, and then you filter the results to fit a story.Writing a Novel: Even Making It Up Requires Research
July 16, 2014
Historical Examples of filter
The cut shows the filter provided with a portion of its bags and frames.
Let it stand, five or six months; then filter it, and bottle it for use.Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches
Put some quicklime and red orpiment in water, place some warm ashes under it for a whole day, filter the liquor, and cork it down.
The water also was filtered through a filter of the mechanical type.Rural Hygiene
Henry N. Ogden
From above a filter of sunlight fell and told her it was noon.The Paliser case
Word Origin for filter
early 15c., from Old French filtre and directly from Medieval Latin filtrum "felt," which was used to strain impurities from liquid, from West Germanic *filtiz (see felt (n.)). Of cigarettes, from 1908.
1570s, from Medieval Latin filtrare, from filtrum (see filter (n.)). The figurative sense is from 1830. Related: Filtered; filtering.
A computer software program that selectively screens out incoming information.