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Definitions for filter
ˈfɪl tərfil·ter

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. filternoun

    device that removes something from whatever passes through it

  2. filterverb

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

  3. filter, filtrate, strain, separate out, filter outverb

    remove by passing through a filter

    "filter out the impurities"

  4. percolate, sink in, permeate, filterverb

    pass through

    "Water permeates sand easily"

  5. trickle, dribble, filterverb

    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"

Wiktionary

  1. filternoun

    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.

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

  2. filternoun

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

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

  3. filternoun

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

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

  4. filternoun

    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.

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

  5. filterverb

    To sort, sift, or isolate.

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

  6. filterverb

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

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

  7. filterverb

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

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

  8. filterverb

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

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

  9. filterverb

    To ride a motorcycle between lanes on a road

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Filternoun

    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

    Etymology: [F. filtre, the same word as feutre felt, LL. filtrum, feltrum, felt, fulled wool, this being used for straining liquors. See Feuter.]

  2. Filternoun

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

    Etymology: [F. filtre, the same word as feutre felt, LL. filtrum, feltrum, felt, fulled wool, this being used for straining liquors. See Feuter.]

  3. Filterverb

    to pass through a filter; to percolate

    Etymology: [F. filtre, the same word as feutre felt, LL. filtrum, feltrum, felt, fulled wool, this being used for straining liquors. See Feuter.]

  4. Filternoun

    same as Philter

    Etymology: [F. filtre, the same word as feutre felt, LL. filtrum, feltrum, felt, fulled wool, this being used for straining liquors. See Feuter.]

Freebase

  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Filter

    fil′ter, n. a contrivance arranged for purifying a liquid of solid insoluble matter by passing it through some porous substance which does not allow the solid particles to pass through.—v.t. to purify liquor by a filter.—v.i. to pass through a filter: to percolate.—ns. Fil′ter-pā′per, porous paper for use in filtering; Fil′ter-pump, a contrivance devised by the chemist Bunsen for accelerating the filtering process. [O. Fr. filtre—Low L. filtrum, felt.]

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.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. filter

    A strainer to free water from its impurities, usually termed by seamen drip-stone (which see).

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  1. Nouns Frequency

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

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  1. trifle

  2. lifter

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of filter in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of filter in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of filter in a Sentence

  1. Robert Boessenecker:

    There are many other unique and strange early dolphins and baleen whales from Oligocene aged rocks in Charleston, South Carolina, because the Oligocene epoch is the time when filter feeding and echolocation first evolved, and since marine mammal localities of that time are scarce worldwide, the fossils from Charleston offer the most complete window into the early evolution of these groups.

  2. Larry Kudlow:

    It is historic, it is written down, it was agreed to by the Chinese who were here two weeks ago, but it has to pass through the political filter of President Xi and the politburo, perhaps a meeting of the leaders later this month or in April. Perhaps.

  3. Michael Jerrett:

    Central air conditioning with a proper filter might get some of the potential contaminants, for children, consider where they play outside, and when you’re planning heavy exercise you might not want to be in the park right by the fracking site.

  4. Joey Fortman:

    I think of how radio is able to filter out all the bad music content, you won't hear cuss words on the radio. But [ these platforms ] aren't regulated and parents are still just learning that.

  5. Faith Eherts:

    Staying indoors with the air conditioning on helps filter out a lot of the problems.

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