[noun al-uh-muh nt; verb al-uh-ment]
- that which nourishes; nutriment; food.
- that which sustains; means of support.
- to sustain; support.
Origin of aliment
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1. nourishment. 1, 2. sustenance.
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Examples from the Web for aliment
Others, who demanded revenge, found an aliment for their inactive forces.My Double Life
He died like a lamp which ceases to burn for want of aliment.Perils and Captivity
Charlotte-Adlade [ne Picard] Dard
All these are placed before the Chapel kindred for inspiration and aliment.Child and Country
Will Levington Comfort
A few mouthfuls of the aliment are rejected at a time for some hours after meals.Zoonomia, Vol. II
Cook found no traces of aliment in the stomachs of those shot by his party.Heads and Tales
- something that nourishes or sustains the body or mind
- Scots law another term for alimony
- (tr) obsolete to support or sustain
C15: from Latin alimentum food, from alere to nourish
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Word Origin and History for aliment
"food," late 15c., from Latin alimentum "nourishment," in plural, "food, provisions," from alere "to nourish" (see alimentary).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Something that nourishes; food.
- Something that supports or sustains.
- To supply with sustenance, such as food.
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