Definitions for Filterˈfɪl tər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

fil•terˈfɪl tər(n.)

  1. any substance, as cloth, paper, porous porcelain, or charcoal, through which liquid or gas is passed to remove suspended impurities or to recover solids.

    Category: Chemistry

  2. any device, as a tank or tube, containing such a substance for filtering.

    Category: Chemistry

  3. any of various analogous devices, as for removing dust from air or impurities from tobacco smoke.

    Category: Chemistry

  4. Informal. a filter-tipped cigarette or cigar.

    Category: Informal

  5. a lens screen of dyed gelatin or glass used in photography to control the rendering of color or to diminish the intensity of light.

    Category: Photography

  6. an electronic circuit or device that passes certain frequencies and blocks others.

    Category: Electronics

  7. (v.t.)to remove by the action of a filter.

  8. to act as a filter for; to slow or partially obstruct the passage of.

  9. to pass through or as if through a filter.

  10. (v.i.)to pass or slip through slowly, as through an obstruction or a filter; penetrate.

Origin of filter:

1375–1425; late ME filtre < ML filtrum felt, piece of felt used to strain liquids < Gmc; see felt2


Princeton's WordNet

  1. filter(noun)

    device that removes something from whatever passes through it

  2. filter(verb)

    an electrical device that alters the frequency spectrum of signals passing through it

  3. filter, filtrate, strain, separate out, filter out(verb)

    remove by passing through a filter

    "filter out the impurities"

  4. percolate, sink in, permeate, filter(verb)

    pass through

    "Water permeates sand easily"

  5. trickle, dribble, filter(verb)

    run or flow slowly, as in drops or in an unsteady stream

    "water trickled onto the lawn from the broken hose"; "reports began to dribble in"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. filter(verb)ˈfɪl tər

    to clean by passing through a filter

    We filter our drinking water.

  2. filterˈfɪl tər

    to gradually enter

    daylight filtered into the room

  3. filterˈfɪl tər

    to gradually become known

    News of the bombings began to filter through to the capital.

  4. filter(noun)ˈfɪl tər

    a device which removes unwanted things from liquid or gas

    a water filter


  1. filter(Noun)

    A device which separates a suspended, dissolved, or particulate matter from a fluid, solution, or other substance; any device that separates one substance from another.

  2. filter(Noun)

    Electronics or software that separates unwanted signals (for example noise) from wanted signals or that attenuates selected frequencies.

  3. filter(Noun)

    Any item, mechanism, device or procedure that acts to separate or isolate.

  4. filter(Noun)

    A non-empty upper set (of a partially ordered set) which is closed under binary infima (a.k.a. meets).

    The collection of cofinite subsets of u211D is a filter under inclusion: it includes the intersection of every pair of its members, and includes every superset of every cofinite set.

  5. filter(Verb)

    To sort, sift, or isolate.

  6. filter(Verb)

    To diffuse; to cause to be less concentrated or focused.

  7. filter(Verb)

    To pass through a filter or to act as though passing through a filter.

  8. filter(Verb)

    To move slowly or gradually; to come or go a few at a time.

  9. filter(Verb)

    To ride a motorcycle between lanes on a road

  10. Origin: (noun) From filtrum, from West Germanic *filtiz.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Filter(noun)

    any porous substance, as cloth, paper, sand, or charcoal, through which water or other liquid may passed to cleanse it from the solid or impure matter held in suspension; a chamber or device containing such substance; a strainer; also, a similar device for purifying air

  2. Filter(noun)

    to purify or defecate, as water or other liquid, by causing it to pass through a filter

  3. Filter(verb)

    to pass through a filter; to percolate

  4. Filter(noun)

    same as Philter


  1. Filter

    Filter is an industrial rock group formed in 1993 in Cleveland by singer Richard Patrick and guitarist/programmer Brian Liesegang. Filter has released six studio albums, the most recent being The Sun Comes Out Tonight, which was released on June 4, 2013.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. filter

    [very common; orig. Unix] A program that processes an input data stream into an output data stream in some well-defined way, and does no I/O to anywhere else except possibly on error conditions; one designed to be used as a stage in a pipeline (see plumbing). Compare sponge.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. filter

    In electronics, a device which transmits only part of the incident energy and may thereby change the spectral distribution of energy: a. High pass filters transmit energy above a certain frequency; b. Low pass filters transmit energy below a certain frequency; c. Band pass filters transmit energy of a certain bandwidth; d. Band stop filters transmit energy outside a specific frequency band.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Filter' in Nouns Frequency: #1863

Anagrams of Filter

  1. trifle

  2. lifter

Translations for Filter

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a strainer or other device through which liquid, gas, smoke etc can pass, but not solid material

A filter is used to make sure that the oil is clean and does not contain any dirt; (also adjective) filter paper.

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