- 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 foodless
The act finishes with Commendatore crashing a foodless and propless feast—“You invited me to supper, and I have arrived!”Don Giovanni in Los Angeles: Mozart Meets the Future
May 20, 2012
For 24 hours I had been foodless, and was now quite exhausted.My Reminiscences of the Anglo-Boer War
The last day of the year dawned and I spent it foodless, friendless, solitary.A Tramp's Notebook
The beavers must escape from their now foodless prison or perish.Watched by Wild Animals
Enos A. Mills
Unarmed and foodless, how shall he ever succeed in finding his way back to safety?Forging the Blades
If we could not get a boat we must remain in that foodless forest until we starved.Allan and the Holy Flower
H. Rider Haggard
- 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 foodless
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.