food


food
food [fo͞od]
n.
[ME fode < OE foda < IE pāt-, to feed, eat < base * pā-, to pasture cattle > L pastor, pabulum, pascere, to feed, panis, bread]
1. any substance taken into and assimilated by a plant or animal to keep it alive and enable it to grow and repair tissue; nourishment; nutriment
2. solid substances of this sort: distinguished from DRINK
3. a specified kind of food
4. anything that nourishes or stimulates; whatever helps something to keep active, grow, etc. [food for thought]
adj.
1. of or relating to food
2. used as food
SYN.- FOOD is the general term for all matter that is taken into the body for nourishment; FARE refers to the range of foods eaten by a particular organism or available at a particular time and place [the fare of horses, a bill of fare]; victuals (see VICTUAL, n. 2) is a dialectal or colloquial word for human fare or diet; provisions (see PROVISION, n. 2 b), in this connection, refers to a stock of food assembled in advance [provisions for the hike ]; RATION refers to a fixed allowance or allotment of food [the weekly ration] and in the plural ( rations) to food in general [how are the rations in this outfit? ]

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