[ fat ]
/ fæt /
adjective, fat·ter, fat·test.
having too much flabby tissue; corpulent; obese: a fat person.
plump; well-fed: a good, fat chicken.
consisting of or containing fat; greasy; oily: fat gravy; fat meat.
profitable, as an office: a fat job on the city commission.
affording good opportunities, especially for gain: a fat business contract.
wealthy; prosperous; rich: He grew fat on dishonest profits.
big, broad, or extended; thick: a fat sheaf of bills.
plentiful; abundant: a fat supply of food.
plentifully supplied: a fat larder; a fat feast.
dull; stupid: fat clumsiness of manner.
abounding in a particular element: Fat pine is rich in resin.
(of paint) having more oil than pigment.Compare lean2(def 6).
(of coal) highly bituminous; rich in volatile hydrocarbons.
Ceramics. long1(def 25).
fertile, as land: Everything grows in this fat soil.
any of several white or yellowish greasy substances, forming the chief part of adipose tissue of animals and also occurring in plants, that when pure are colorless, odorless, and tasteless and are either solid or liquid esters of glycerol with fatty acids; fats are insoluble in water or cold alcohol but soluble in ether, chloroform, or benzene: used in the manufacture of soap, paints, and other protective coatings and in cooking.
animal tissue containing much of this substance; loose flesh; flabbiness: to have rolls of fat around one's waist.
the richest or best part of anything.
obesity; corpulence: In his later years, he inclined to fat.
Slang. especially profitable or advantageous work.
an overabundance or excess; superfluity.
action or lines in a dramatic part that permit an actor to display abilities.
verb (used with or without object), fat·ted, fat·ting.
to make or become fat.
a fat chance, Slang. a very slight chance; small probability: A fat chance he has of winning the title!
a fat lot, Slang. little or not at all: A fat lot they care about anyone else's troubles!
- an irrevocable action or chain of events has been started; the die is cast: Now that they have been given an ultimatum, the fat is in the fire.
- the decision, whether good or bad, has been made.
- the crisis is imminent.
chew the fat. chew(def 11).
the fat is in the fire,
the fat of the land, the best or richest of anything obtainable: to live on the fat of the land.
Origin of fat
before 1000; Middle English; Old English fǣtt, orig. past participle of fǣtan to cram, load, adorn; cognate with Gothic fētjan to adorn; akin to vat
SYNONYMS FOR fat
fat·less, adjectivefat·like, adjectivede·fat, verb (used with object), de·fat·ted, de·fat·ting.o·ver·fat, adjective
Can be confusedfat phat
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British Dictionary definitions for defat
/ (fæt) /
any of a class of naturally occurring soft greasy solids that are esters of glycerol and certain fatty acids. They are present in some plants and in the adipose tissue of animals, forming a reserve energy source, and are used in making soap and paint and in the food industrySee also oil (def. 1)
vegetable or animal tissue containing fatRelated adjectives: adipose, lipoid, stearic
corpulence, obesity, or plumpness
the best or richest part of something
a part in a play that gives an actor a good opportunity to show his talents
chew the fat slang
- to argue over a point
- to talk idly; gossip
the fat is in the fire an irrevocable action has been taken, esp one from which dire consequences are expected
the fat of the land the best that is obtainable
adjective fatter or fattest
having much or too much flesh or fat
consisting of or containing fat; greasyfat pork
profitable; lucrativea fat year
affording great opportunitiesa fat part in the play
fertile or productivea fat land
thick, broad, or extendeda fat log of wood
having a high content of a particular material or ingredient, such as resin in wood or oil in paint
plentifully supplieda fat larder
slang empty; stupidget this into your fat head
slang very little or none; minimal (in phrases such as a fat chance, a fat lot of good, etc)
verb fats, fatting or fatted
to make or become fat; fatten
fatless, adjectivefatlike, adjectivefatly, adverbfatness, noun
Word Origin for fat
Old English fǣtt, past participle of fǣtan to cram; related to Old Norse feita, Old High German feizen to fatten; compare Gothic fētjan to adorn
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Medicine definitions for defat
[ făt ]
Any of various soft, solid, or semisolid organic compounds constituting the esters of glycerol and fatty acids and their associated organic groups.
A mixture of such compounds occurring widely in organic tissue, especially in the adipose tissue of animals and in the seeds, nuts, and fruits of plants.
Related formsfat adj.
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Science definitions for defat
[ făt ]
Any of a large number of oily compounds that are widely found in plant and animal tissues and serve mainly as a reserve source of energy. In mammals, fat, or adipose tissue, is deposited beneath the skin and around the internal organs, where it also protects and insulates against heat loss. Fat is a necessary, efficient source of energy. An ounce of fat contains more than twice as much stored energy as does an ounce of protein or carbohydrates and is digested more slowly, resulting in the sensation of satiety after eating. It also enhances the taste, aroma, and texture of food. Fats are made chiefly of triglycerides, each molecule of which contains three fatty acids. Dietary fat supplies humans with essential fatty acids, such as linoleic acid and linolenic acid. Fat also regulates cholesterol metabolism and is a precursor of prostaglandins. See more at saturated fat unsaturated fat.
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Idioms and Phrases with defat
In addition to the idioms beginning with fat
- fat cat
- fat chance
- fat city
- fate worse than death, a
- fat farm
- fat is in the fire, the
- fat lot
- fat of the land, the
- chew the fat
- kill the fatted calf
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