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English noun: filter

1. filter (artifact) device that removes something from whatever passes through it


Broader (hypernym)device


Narrower (hyponym)air cleaner, air filter, bacteria bed, coffee filter, diatomaceous earth, diatomite, diffusing screen, drain basket, filter bed, fuel filter, glass wool, kieselguhr, light filter, oil filter, strainer, water filter

2. filter (artifact) an electrical device that alters the frequency spectrum of signals passing through it


Broader (hypernym)electrical device


Narrower (hyponym)high-pass filter, low-pass filter


English verb: filter

1. filter (contact) remove by passing through a filter


SamplesFilter out the impurities.


Synonymsfilter out, filtrate, separate out, strain


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)separate

2. filter (contact) pass through


SamplesWater permeates sand easily.


Synonymspercolate, permeate, sink in


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP


Broader (hypernym)penetrate, perforate


Narrower (hyponym)infiltrate, infiltrate

3. filter (motion) run or flow slowly, as in drops or in an unsteady stream


SamplesWater trickled onto the lawn from the broken hose.
Reports began to dribble in.


ExamplesWater and oil filter into the bowl


Synonymsdribble, trickle


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP


Broader (hypernym)course, feed, flow, run


Narrower (hyponym)leach, percolate









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