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Definition of Pestle

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crush, pulverize; grind
muller, stick used for grinding with a mortar; any tool used to crush or pulverize materials
Pestle Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
(v. t. & i.)
To pound, pulverize, bray, or mix with a pestle, or as with a pestle; to use a pestle.
  
(n.)
The leg and leg bone of an animal, especially of a pig; as, a pestle of pork.
  
(n.)
An implement for pounding and breaking or braying substances in a mortar.
  
(n.)
A constable's or bailiff's staff; -- so called from its shape.
  
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pestle
\pes"tle\ (?), n. [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.]
1. an implement for pounding and breaking or braying substances in a mortar.
2. a constable's or bailiff's staff; -- so called from its shape. [obs.]
3. the leg and leg bone of an animal, especially of a pig; as, a pestle of pork.
pestle
\pes"tle\ (?), v. t. & i. [imp. & p. p. pestled (?); p. pr. & vb. n. pestling (?).] to pound, pulverize, bray, or mix with a pestle, or as with a pestle; to use a pestle.
pestle
n
1. machine consisting of a heavy bar that moves vertically for pounding or crushing ores [syn: stamp]


2. 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 [syn: muller, pounder]


3. a club-shaped hand tool for grinding and mixing substances in a mortar v : grind or pulverize in a pestle

WordNet 2.0

Noun
1. machine consisting of a heavy bar that moves vertically for pounding or crushing ores
(synonym) stamp
(hypernym) machine
(part-holonym) battery, stamp battery
2. 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
(synonym) muller, pounder
(hypernym) tool
3. a club-shaped hand tool for grinding and mixing substances in a mortar
(hypernym) hand tool

Verb
1. grind or pulverize in a pestle
(hypernym) grind, mash, crunch, bray, comminute
(derivation) stamp
Pestle Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
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The mortar is a bowl, typically made of hard wood, ceramic or stone. The pestle is a heavy club-shaped object, the end of which is used for crushing and grinding. The substance to be ground is placed in the mortar and ground, crushed or mixed with the pestle. Sometimes referred to as an "Apothecary Grinder" by individuals unfamiliar with its use, the proper historical name is "mortar and pestle" . The mortar and pestle is usually utilised when cooking and when crushing ingredients for a certain drug in pharmacies. It can also be used in masonry and in other types of construction.

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PEST analysis (Political, Economic, Social and Technological analysis) describes a framework of macro-environmental factors used in the environmental scanning component of strategic management. Some analysts added Legal and rearranged the mnemonic to SLEPT; inserting Environmental factors expanded it to PESTEL or PESTLE, which is popular in the United Kingdom. The model has recently been further extended to STEEPLE and STEEPLED, adding Ethics and Demographic factors. It is a part of the external analysis when conducting a strategic analysis or doing market research, and gives an overview of the different macroenvironmental factors that the company has to take into consideration. It is a useful strategic tool for understanding market growth or decline, business position, potential and direction for operations. The growing importance of environmental or ecological factors in the first decade of the 21st century have given rise to green business and encouraged widespread use of an updated version of the PEST framework. STEER analysis systematically considers Socio-cultural, Technological, Economic, Ecological, and Regulatory factors.

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