WOTW: filter

| - Tim Lake |

triplo word of the week - filter

“Filter” is a noun and a verb with similar meanings. It is also something you definitely use. Let’s find out more.


The main meaning of the noun “filter” is any material which a liquid or gas can pass through to remove the bad parts or separate out solids.


+ You can make a simple filter using old tights.

+ Put in a filter, add the coffee and then fill the machine with water.

+ Charcoal makes a good filter for cleaning air and water.

+ A sieve is a simple filter that can be used to separate different materials.


A connected meaning of “filter” is a device that contains material for filtering.


+ The water bottle has a filter in it, so it cleans the water before your drink it.

+ The pool filter needs cleaning every week.

+ These filter systems are very good for removing cigarette smoke.

+ I bought a replacement filter for my Brita.


A related meaning of “filter” is something that works like a filter blocking or removing certain parts.


+ We can set up a filter to limit the search results.

+ She has no filter and say whatever comes into her head.

+ Events are often changed through the filter of memory.

+ Everyone has a filter through which they see the world.


In photography and on Instagram a “filter” changes the colour, contrast, and sharpness of an image.


+ A sepia filter makes photos look old.

+ This picture didn’t need a filter to look good.

+ He shots his photos with a special filter.


 The verb of “filter” means the same as the noun, to remove or separate by the action of a filter.


+ The water is filtered three times before you drink it.

+ The process filters out all the impurities.

+ I have my email set up to filter out junk mail.

+ Mix it with water and then filter it out.


The pronunciation is / ˈfɪltə /.


This word is in the New General Service List, a list of the 3,000 most common words in English communication. You can get the full list on our website by clicking here.


この単語は、英語で最もよく使われる3,000の単語のリストであるNew General Service Listからのものです。完全なリストはこちらから。



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