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[noun al-uh-muh nt; verb al-uh-ment] /noun ˈæl ə mənt; verb ˈæl əˌmɛnt/
that which nourishes; nutriment; food.
that which sustains; means of support.
verb (used with object)
to sustain; support.
Origin of aliment
1470-80; < Latin alimentum, equivalent to al(ere) to feed + -i- -i- + -mentum -ment
Related forms
alimental, adjective
alimentally, adverb
1. nourishment. 1, 2. sustenance. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for aliment
Historical Examples
  • As the fire gained strength and heat, it began to spread on three sides, dying of itself on the fourth, for want of aliment.

    The Prairie J. Fenimore Cooper
  • All these are placed before the Chapel kindred for inspiration and aliment.

    Child and Country Will Levington Comfort
  • A sterile cabinet held an ample supply of every known remedy for any aliment that might afflict a camel.

    Hi Jolly! James Arthur Kjelgaard
  • Indeed, what known fruit is there that is more wholesome as an aliment than this?

    The Peaches of New York U. P. Hedrick
  • Growth and development also follow the absorption and fixation of aliment by an osmotic production.

    The Mechanism of Life Stphane Leduc
  • They form, in some sort, the prehensile organs which seize the aliment.

    The Ocean World: Louis Figuier
  • It almost seemed as if with him they had lost the sacred flame from which their fervid imagination drew life and aliment.

  • If these do not exist, where is its aliment, where the fuel for the flame?

  • It is the aliment of love; it is the wages of ambition; it is the rightful heritage of error!

    The Disowned, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Exercise and aliment are equally indispensable, and must go together.

British Dictionary definitions for aliment


noun (ˈælɪmənt)
something that nourishes or sustains the body or mind
(Scots law) another term for alimony
verb (ˈælɪˌmɛnt)
(transitive) (obsolete) to support or sustain
Derived Forms
alimental, adjective
Word Origin
C15: from Latin alimentum food, from alere to nourish
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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
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aliment in Medicine

aliment al·i·ment (āl'ə-mənt)

  1. Something that nourishes; food.

  2. Something that supports or sustains.

v. al·i·ment·ed, al·i·ment·ing, al·i·ments
To supply with sustenance, such as food.
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