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filternoun [C]

uk   /ˈfɪl.tər/ us   /ˈfɪl.t̬ɚ/
  • filter noun [C] (EQUIPMENT)

C2 any of several types of equipment or devices for removing solids from liquids or gases, or for removing particular types of light: a water filter a dust filter I like to experiment with different light filters on my camera. Ozone is the earth's primary filter for ultraviolet radiation.
  • filter noun [C] (TRAFFIC)

UK a green, arrow-shaped light that is part of a set of traffic lights and tells drivers when they can turn left or right: a traffic filter a left/right filter

filterverb

uk   /ˈfɪl.tər/ us   /ˈfɪl.t̬ɚ/
  • filter verb (APPEAR GRADUALLY)

C2 [I + adv/prep] to appear or happen gradually or to a limited degree: News filtered down to us during the day. Reports about an accident began to filter in. Sunlight filtered through the branches.
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(Definition of filter from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"filter" in American English

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filternoun [C]

us   /ˈfɪl·tər/
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

filterverb [I/T]

us   /ˈfɪl·tər/
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.
(Definition of filter from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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filternoun [C]

uk   /ˈfɪltər/ us   IT
a computer program that receives and processes information before displaying it or preventing it from being seen: Junk email filters help define which email messages are spam. This web filter enables administrators to monitor user behaviour.

filterverb [T]

uk   /ˈfɪltər/ us   IT
to use a computer program to process information before displaying it or preventing it from being seen: The company, whose products filter email and internet content, confirmed a record second quarter yesterday.
filtering
noun [U]
Email filtering is the removal of unwanted email, for example spam or a phishing attempt, before it reaches your mailbox.
(Definition of filter from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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