[ food ]
/ fud /
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.
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Origin of food
synonym study for food
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.
OTHER WORDS FROM foodfood·less, adjectivefood·less·ness, nounnon·food, noun, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for nonfood
/ (fuːd) /
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
Derived forms of foodfoodless, adjective
Word Origin for food
Old English fōda; related to Old Frisian fōdia to nourish, feed, Old Norse fœthi, Gothic fōdeins food; see feed, fodder
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Medical definitions for nonfood
[ fōōd ]
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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