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food

[food] /fud/
noun
1.
any nourishing substance that is eaten, drunk, or otherwise taken into the body to sustain life, provide energy, promote growth, etc.
2.
more or less solid nourishment, as distinguished from liquids.
3.
a particular kind of solid nourishment:
a breakfast food; dog food.
4.
whatever supplies nourishment to organisms:
plant food.
5.
anything serving for consumption or use:
food for thought.
Origin of food
1000
before 1000; Middle English fode, Old English fōda; compare Old English fēdan, Gothic fōdjan to feed; cf. fodder, foster
Related forms
foodless, adjective
foodlessness, noun
nonfood, noun, adjective
Synonyms
1. nutriment, aliment, bread, sustenance, victuals; meat, viands; diet, menu.
Synonym Study
1.Food, fare, provisions, ration(s) all refer to nutriment. Food is the general word: Breakfast foods have become very popular. Many animals prefer grass as food. Fare refers to the whole range of foods that may nourish a person or animal: an extensive bill of fare; The fare of some animals is limited in range. Provisions is applied to a store or stock of necessary things, especially food, prepared beforehand: provisions for a journey. Ration implies an allotment or allowance of provisions: a daily ration for each man of a company. Rations often means food in general: to be on short rations.
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Examples from the Web for food
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  • Not life then without the food, or before the food, but by the food.

  • There had been food; but nobody had any appetite but herself, and she had eaten it up.

    Deerbrook Harriet Martineau
  • She was provisioned with all the food they could spare for the six who were to go.

    Falk Joseph Conrad
  • "I heard you say, 'I have it,'" added Sim, jumbling the words through the food in his mouth.

    Down The River Oliver Optic
  • They tore up shrubs and plants that gave them food and medicine.

British Dictionary definitions for food

food

/fuːd/
noun
1.
any substance containing nutrients, such as carbohydrates, proteins, and fats, that can be ingested by a living organism and metabolized into energy and body tissue related adjective alimentary
2.
nourishment in more or less solid form as opposed to liquid form: food and drink
3.
anything that provides mental nourishment or stimulus: food for thought
Derived Forms
foodless, adjective
Word Origin
Old English fōda; related to Old Frisian fōdia to nourish, feed, Old Norse fœthi, Gothic fōdeins food; see feed, fodder
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Word Origin and History for food
n.

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.

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food in Medicine

food (fōōd)
n.
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.

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Slang definitions & phrases for food
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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