filterable


filterable
filter NOUN 1) a porous device for removing solid particles from a liquid or gas passed through it. 2) a screen, plate, or layer which absorbs some of the light passing through it. 3) Brit. an arrangement at a junction whereby vehicles may turn while traffic waiting to go straight ahead is stopped by a red light.
VERB 1) pass through a filter. 2) (often filter in/out/through) move gradually through something or in a specified direction. 3) (of information) gradually become known.
DERIVATIVES filterable adjective filtration noun.
ORIGIN Latin filtrum 'felt used as a filter' .

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  • filterable — [fil′tər ə bəl] adj. that can be filtered filterability n …   English World dictionary

  • filterable — /ˈfɪltərəbəl/ (say filtuhruhbuhl) adjective 1. capable of being filtered. 2. Bacteriology capable of passing through bacteria retaining filters: a filterable virus. Also, filtrable /ˈfɪltrəbəl/ (say filtruhbuhl) …   Australian English dictionary

  • filterable — also filtrable adjective Date: 1908 capable of being filtered or of passing through a filter • filterability noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • filterable — filterability, filterableness, n. /fil teuhr euh beuhl/, adj. 1. capable of being filtered. 2. Microbiol. capable of passing through bacteria retaining filters. Also, filtrable. [1905 10; FILTER + ABLE] * * * …   Universalium

  • filterable — adjective a) Able to be separated by filtration b) That can pass through a specified filter …   Wiktionary

  • filterable — fil·ter·able also fil·tra·ble fil t(ə )rə bəl adj capable of being filtered or of passing through a filter fil·ter·abil·i·ty .fil t(ə )rə bil ət ē n, pl ties * * * fil·ter·a·ble (filґtər ə bəl) capable of passing through the pores… …   Medical dictionary

  • filterable — adj. able to pass through a filter …   English contemporary dictionary

  • filterable — fil·ter·able …   English syllables

  • filterable — fil•ter•a•ble [[t]ˈfɪl tər ə bəl[/t]] also filtrable adj. 1) capable of being filtered 2) mcr capable of passing through bacteria retaining filters • Etymology: 1905–10 fil ter•a•bil′i•ty, fil′ter•a•ble•ness, n …   From formal English to slang

  • filterable — adj. (also filtrable) 1 Med. (of a virus) able to pass through a filter that retains bacteria. 2 that can be filtered …   Useful english dictionary