from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A small scrap or leaving of food after a meal is completed. Often used in the plural.
- n. A scrap; a bit.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A fragment; a scrap of leftover food; any remainder; a piece of refuse.
- v. To turn away from with disgust; refuse.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A morsel left at a meal; a fragment; refuse; -- commonly used in the plural.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A fragment; a scrap; a piece of refuse: usually in the plural.
- To turn away from with disgust; refuse.
- n. A money of account in Germany, Norway, Denmark, Riga, etc.
- n. A Danish unit of weight, the thousandth part of the pund or pound.
- n. A vector of unit length.
Middle English orte, food left by animals, probably from Middle Dutch : oor, out; see ud- in Indo-European roots + eten, to eat; see ed- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English ort, from Old English *orǣt ("that which is left after eating", literally "out-eat"), equivalent to or- + eat. Cognate with Middle Low German orte ("refuse of food"), Middle Dutch ooraete, ooreete, Low German ort ("ort"). (Wiktionary)