Verb: filter filtu(r)
Noun: filter filtu(r)
- Remove by passing through a filter
"filter out the impurities"
- filtrate, strain, separate out, filter out
- Pass through
- percolate, sink in, permeate
- Run or flow slowly, as in drops or in an unsteady stream
- trickle, dribble
- Device that removes something from whatever passes through it
- An electrical device that alters the frequency spectrum of signals passing through it
- [Brit] A traffic light used to allow some of the traffic to turn off while the rest remains stopped
Sounds like: philtre, philter
Derived forms: filtered, filtering, filters
See also: filtrate, filtration
Type of: course, device, electrical device, feed, flow, penetrate, perforate, run, separate
■ noun [C]
a computer program that receives data and processes it according to particular rules before displaying it, or sending it somewhere to stop particular things from being seen:
You can set up filters to manage your incoming and outgoing emails.
We use a web filter to block access to certain websites.
1 (IT ) [+ obj]
(about a computer program) to process data according to particular rules before displaying it or sending it somewhere, for example in order to stop particular figures, text, etc. from being seen:
The program filters web pages for unsuitable contents.
Incoming emails are filtered into different mail boxes based on their subject.
2 [no obj] (used with an adverb or a preposition)
to have an effect on sth, especially in small amounts over a period of time:
The economic recovery is beginning to filter through to the job market.
The price increase has not yet filtered down into profits.
filter sth out
to remove sth that you do not want using a special device or system:
The system filters out all junk emails.
◆ (figurative) The test is used to filter out candidates who may be unsuitable.