- promoting or sustaining life, growth, or strength: a nourishing diet.
Origin of nourishing
- to sustain with food or nutriment; supply with what is necessary for life, health, and growth.
- to cherish, foster, keep alive, etc.: He had long nourished the dream of living abroad.
- to strengthen, build up, or promote: to nourish discontent among the workers; to nourish the arts in one's community.
Origin of nourish
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Examples from the Web for nourishing
In effect, then, the resort is harnessing the power of the sun to turn seawater into a nourishing resource—for people and plants.Sun+Water= High Tech Caribbean Luxury At The Cusinart Resort
The Daily Beast
June 11, 2014
Everybody knows it, that feeling of entering a park: peeling off the city streets and into that nourishing sense of calm.In Praise of Parks
October 27, 2013
Plus, what about the mammalian issues standing up so long might create: the need to eat and drink a nourishing balanced diet?How to Survive a Filibuster
September 26, 2013
Turns out, nourishing your body with real food actually makes you feel better.6 New Ways to Be Happy (If You Believe the Studies)
February 6, 2013
These are very real, nourishing and delicious foods that are being offered you.Her Father's Daughter
On every side fruitful life was conveying germs, creating and nourishing.Fruitfulness
Such as are fed grossly, stalled cattle and pigs, without any exercise, do not afford food so nourishing or wholesome as others.
And Leonard managed to convince his stomach that it was having a nourishing meal.Howards End
E. M. Forster
An excellent maxim for fomenting credulity and nourishing superstition.The Phantom World
- to provide with the materials necessary for life and growth
- to support or encourage (an idea, feeling, etc); fosterto nourish resentment
Word Origin and History for nourishing
late 14c., past participle adjective from nourish (v.).
late 13c., "to bring up, nurture" (a child, a feeling, etc.), from Old French norriss-, stem of norrir "raise, bring up, nurture, foster; maintain, provide for" (12c., Modern French nourrir), from Latin nutrire "to feed, nurse, foster, support, preserve," from *nutri (older form of nutrix "nurse"), literally "she who gives suck," from PIE *nu- (from root *(s)nau- "to swim, flow, let flow," hence "to suckle;" see nutriment) + fem. agent suffix. Related: Nourished; nourishing.
- To provide with food or other substances necessary for sustaining life and growth.