- any nourishing substance that is eaten, drunk, or otherwise taken into the body to sustain life, provide energy, promote growth, etc.
- more or less solid nourishment, as distinguished from liquids.
- a particular kind of solid nourishment: a breakfast food; dog food.
- whatever supplies nourishment to organisms: plant food.
- anything serving for consumption or use: food for thought.
Origin of food
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Examples from the Web for food
And there is definitely something to finding solace in food, familiarity, and memory.
Talking about death is never easy, but with food, comfort, and familiarity, a new kind of dinner party is making it easier.
Instead of just cutting out whole food groups, Bacon says people should pay attention to how food makes them feel.Why Your New Year’s Diet Will Fail
December 30, 2014
For over a decade, those trying to make better sunscreen found a roadblock at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).Nazis, Sunscreen, and Sea Gull Eggs: Congress in 2014 Was Hella Productive
December 29, 2014
Like any exciting meal, Food will leave you smiling and satisfied.The 10 Best Albums of 2014: Taylor Swift, Sia, Run the Jewels, and More
December 28, 2014
If the West stopped producin' men fur you, you'd be as bad off as if it stopped producin' food.
Uncle Peter had first declared that the thought of food sickened him.
Still, one kind of food cloys after a time, and so our new settlers found it.Brave and Bold
The History of Man is the record of a hungry creature in search of food.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
He found the district to the north to be a dreary waste, destitute of food and water.Explorations in Australia
- any substance containing nutrients, such as carbohydrates, proteins, and fats, that can be ingested by a living organism and metabolized into energy and body tissueRelated adjective: alimentary
- nourishment in more or less solid form as opposed to liquid formfood and drink
- anything that provides mental nourishment or stimulusfood for thought
Word Origin and History for food
Old English foda "food, nourishment; fuel," also figurative, from Proto-Germanic *fodon (cf. Gothic fodeins), from Germanic root *fod-, equivalent of PIE *pa- "to tend, keep, pasture, to protect, to guard, to feed" (cf. Greek pateisthai "to feed;" Latin pabulum "food, fodder," panis "bread," pasci "to feed," pascare "to graze, pasture, feed," pastor "shepherd," literally "feeder;" Avestan pitu- "food;" Old Church Slavonic pasti "feed cattle, pasture;" Russian pishcha "food").
Food chain is from 1917. Food poisoning attested by 1864; food processor in the kitchen appliance sense from 1973.
- Material, usually of plant or animal origin, that contains essential nutrients, such as carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, or minerals, and is ingested and assimilated by an organism to produce energy, stimulate growth, and maintain life.