- any substance or matter that, taken into a living organism, serves to sustain it in its existence, promoting growth, replacing loss, and providing energy.
- anything that nourishes; nourishment; food.
Origin of nutriment
Examples from the Web for nutriment
These, like other animals, should be suffered to attain their full growth, in order to have them in the best state for nutriment.
The will and the emotions demanded their nutriment and exercise as well as the intellect.Dreamers of the Ghetto
He snatched golden grain for nutriment from the hand of a goddess.The Red Hand of Ulster
George A. Birmingham
The manner in which nutriment is administered to infants is not immaterial.The Physical Life of Woman:
Dr. George H Napheys
The soil for its nutriment may there be well-nigh exhausted.A Strange Story, Complete
- any material providing nourishment
Word Origin and History for nutriment
1540s, from Latin nutrimentum "nourishment; support," from nutrire "to nourish, suckle, feed," from PIE *nu-tri-, from root *(s)nau- "to swim, flow, let flow," hence "to suckle" (cf. Sanskrit snauti "she drips, gives milk;" Greek nan "I flow"), extended form of root *sna- "to swim" (see natatorium).
- A source of nourishment; food.
- An agent that promotes growth or development.