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filter

fil·ter

filter

 
 
pronunciation:
fIl tr
parts of speech:
noun, verb
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part of speech: noun
definition: a device used to remove dirt or other solids from liquids or gases that pass through it.
A car has an oil filter.
similar words:
screen
 
part of speech: verb
inflections: filtered, filtering, filters
definition: to remove dirt or other solids from a liquid or gas by passing it through a device.
This device filters the water as it comes out of the tap.
synonyms:
strain
similar words:
cleanse, clear
derivation: filterer (n.)
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Filter is from a Latin word that means "felt," a fabric once used to filter liquids.
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