- To defecate is defined as to have a bowel movement.
When you expel feces, this is an example of a time when you defecate.
A dog defecates.
transitive verbdefecated, defecating
Origin of defecate; from Classical Latin defaecatus, past participle of defaecare, to cleanse from dregs, strain ; from de-, from + faex (gen. faecis), grounds, dregs
- to become free from impurities
- to excrete waste matter from the bowels
verbdef·e·cat·ed, def·e·cat·ing, def·e·cates
- To void (feces) from the bowels.
- To remove impurities from (a liquid, such as fruit juice), especially in sugar refining.
Origin of defecateLatin dēfaecāre, to clean the dregs from : dē-, de- + faex, faec-, dregs.
(third-person singular simple present defecates, present participle defecating, simple past and past participle defecated)
- The sense 'to purify' is rare in contrast to the common mean to empty bowels.
(comparative more defecate, superlative most defecate)