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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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