American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The edible flesh of animals, especially that of mammals as opposed to that of fish or poultry.
- n. The edible part, as of a piece of fruit or a nut.
- n. The essence, substance, or gist: the meat of the editorial.
- n. Slang Something that one enjoys or excels in; a forte: Tennis is his meat.
- n. Nourishment; food: "Love is not all: it is not meat nor drink” ( Edna St. Vincent Millay).
- n. Vulgar Slang The human body regarded as an object of sexual desire.
- n. Vulgar Slang The genitals.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Food in general; nourishment of any kind.
- n. Solid food of any kind: as, meat and drink.
- n. The flesh of warm-blooded animals ordinarily killed for food; butcher-meat; flesh-meat: as, to abstain from meat but eat fish on Friday: in a narrower sense, the flesh of mammals used for food: as, to prefer meat to fowl or fish; bear-meat; deer-meat.
- n. The edible part of something: as, the meat of an egg, of a nut, or of a shell-fish: sometimes with a plural: as, the meats of nuts or of oysters.
- n. The taking of food or a meal; the act of eating meat, in the original sense of the word: as. grace before meat.
- n. Dinner.
- n. An animal or animals collectively, as used or hunted for food: as, to kill meat for an exploring party. [Local.]
- n. Meat which must be well cooked, leaving no trace of bloodiness, as veal.
- To supply with food; feed.
- An obsolete spelling of meet.
- n. plural The trade-name for cottonseed from which the remains of fiber (‘lint’) and husk (‘hulls’) have been removed and which is ready for crushing.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Food, in general; anything eaten for nourishment, either by man or beast. Hence, the edible part of anything.
- n. The flesh of animals used as food; esp., animal muscle.
- n. obsolete Dinner; the chief meal.
- v. obsolete To supply with food.
- n. the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience
- n. the inner and usually edible part of a seed or grain or nut or fruit stone
- n. the flesh of animals (including fishes and birds and snails) used as food
- From Old English mete, cognate with Frisian mete, Old Saxon meti, Old High German maz ("food"), Old Icelandic matr, Gothic 𐌼𐌰𐍄𐍃 (mats), from a Proto-Germanic *matiz. A -ja- derivation from the same base is found in Middle Dutch and Middle Low German met ("lean pork"), whence Modern Low German Mett ("minced meat") (whence 16th c. German Mettwurst ("a kind of sausage")) (Wiktionary)
- Middle English mete, from Old English, food. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Cats are true carnivores….dogs are more omnivores, but do best on a heavy meat diet…..meat and fat….veggies only if they want/like them.”
“Yes," agreed Peaches enthusiastically, twisting away her head, "and I like the milk and the meat -- gee, I like the _meat_, only Mickey wouldn't give me but a tiny speck 'til he asked the Sunshine Nurse Lady.”
“Dried and salt meat and fish replenish what an Irish cook once described to me as "the _meat corner_ of the stomach.”
“You'll wanna spoon the goopy sauce over rice, it is crack-sauce; extra-crispy batter, tender chicken chunks *ask for white meat if you don't like thigh meat* -- and for delivery, they do make an effort to keep the chicken crispy by popping open the corner of the container.”
“For many consumers, the term "meat substitute" conjures up a prison-issued protein loaf or elastic chicken.”
“By the word meat we mean the body tissues of animals that can be eaten as food, anything from frog legs to calf brains.”
“And dolphin meat is a health hazard because of its very high levels of mercury, which exceed even the Japanese government's own health limits.”
“Activists countered that the killings are barbaric – and that dolphin meat is laced with dangerous toxins.”
“The protiens and amino acids in meat is what caused our brains to evolve beyond that of other apes.”
“The word meat is used most commonly to mean the limb-moving skeletal muscles of animals.”
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