- a tool for pounding or grinding substances in a mortar.
- any of various appliances for pounding, stamping, etc.
- to pound or grind with or as if with a pestle.
- to work with a pestle.
Origin of pestle
Related Wordsgrate, shatter, pulverize, reduce, scrape, crumble, pummel, wallop, bruise, pulse, belabor, powder, hammer, pelt, tramp, thump, strike, hit, throb, stomp
Examples from the Web for pestle
All are thrown into a wooden bowl and beaten with a pestle into a colorful plate of food.The World’s Five Best Cheap Meals
November 14, 2012
So if you have high-quality saffron, you should feel free to grind it yourself with a mortar and pestle.In Search of the $10,000 Spice
July 14, 2009
Put the spices into a pestle and mortar and pound them up with a pinch of salt.Butternut Squash, Plus Some Celeriac
The Daily Beast
November 25, 2008
He let the pestle fall from his hand and jumped as if he had been stuck with a pin.The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
They did not see his divine informants, the axe, the tray, and the pestle.Aino Folk-Tales
Basil Hall Chamberlain
But at this moment the doctor's pestle was heard in the silence, with its continued rhythm.Doctor Pascal
It may be, as it is elsewhere, the pestle and mortar system.The Curse of Education
Harold E. Gorst
He resolved then to try to make a mortar and pestle of hard wood.An American Robinson Crusoe
Samuel. B. Allison
- a club-shaped instrument for mixing or grinding substances in a mortar
- a tool for pounding or stamping
- to pound (a substance or object) with or as if with a pestle
Word Origin and History for pestle
mid-14c. (as a surname late 13c.), from Old French pestel, from Latin pistillum "pounder, pestle," related to pinsere "to pound," from PIE *pis-to-, suffixed form of root *peis- "to crush" (cf. Sanskrit pinasti "pounds, crushes," pistah "anything ground, meal," Greek ptissein "to winnow," Old Church Slavonic pišo, pichati "to push, thrust, strike," pišenica "wheat," Russian pseno "millet").
- A club-shaped, hand-held tool for grinding or mashing substances in a mortar.