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fat

[ fat ]
/ fæt /
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adjective, fat·ter, fat·test.
noun
verb (used with or without object), fat·ted, fat·ting.
to make or become fat.
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Idioms about fat

Origin of fat

First recorded before 1000; Middle English; Old English fǣtt, originally the past participle of fǣtan “to cram, load, adorn”; cognate with Gothic fētjan “to adorn”; akin to vat

synonym study for fat

1. See stout.

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WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH fat

fat , phat
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British Dictionary definitions for fat

fat
/ (fæt) /

noun
adjective fatter or fattest
verb fats, fatting or fatted
to make or become fat; fatten

Derived forms of fat

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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Scientific definitions for fat

fat
[ 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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