defecate (defecates, present participle defecating; past and past participle defecated)
- (intransitive) To excrete feces from one's bowels.
- (now rare) To purify, to clean of dregs etc.
- 1624, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy: […], 2nd edition, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 54573970 ↗, page 224:
- Some are of opinion that such fat, standing waters make the best beer, and that seething doth defecate it […].
- (now rare, transitive) To purge; to pass (something) as excrement.
- (excrete feces) See Thesaurus:defecate
- French: déféquer, aller à la selle, couler un bronze (colloquial)
- German: defäkieren, koten, ausleeren
- Italian: defecare, liberarsi
- Portuguese: defecar
- Russian: испражня́ться
- Spanish: defecar, ciscarse, cagar (colloquial), jiñar (vulgar), plantar un pino (colloquial)
- (obsolete) Freed from pollutants, dregs, lees, etc.; refined; purified.
- Till the soul be defecate from the dregs of sense.