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filter

noun [C]  /ˈfɪl·tər/ us  
a piece of equipment or a device for removing solids from liquids or gases, or for limiting the particular type of light, sound, or electricity going through it: an oil filter a coffee filter

filter

verb [I/T]  /ˈfɪl·tər/ us  
If something filters down, in, out, or through, it appears or happens gradually or to a limited degree: [I always + adv/prep] Reports of the accident began to filter in. [I always + adv/prep] Sunlight filtered through the branches.
Translations of “filter”
in Korean 필터, 여과 장치…
in Arabic مِصْفاة…
in French filtre…
in Turkish süzmek, süzgeçten geçirmek, elemek…
in Italian filtro…
in Chinese (Traditional) 除去物件的裝置, 濾器, 過濾器…
in Russian фильтровать, процеживать…
in Polish filtrować…
in Spanish filtro…
in Portuguese filtro…
in German der Filter, Filter-……
in Catalan filtre…
in Japanese フィルター…
in Chinese (Simplified) 除去物件的设置, 滤器, 过滤器…
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