Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See fiber.
  • n. Any rough or coarse material.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. dietary fibre

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Rough or coarse material; something for rough use, as straw for bedding animals.
  • n. In stock-feeding, the coarser portion of a ration, as hay, corn silage, etc., containing relatively little nutritive matter, as opposed to the concentrated part or grain feed.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. coarse, indigestible plant food low in nutrients; its bulk stimulates intestinal peristalsis

Etymologies

rough +‎ -age (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Their twisted mountaintop tale of love and eating proper roughage is sure to peak your interest.

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  • I noted in an update that "ballast" also means roughage -- a particularly apt definition for my initial, ironical use because roughage is a great ingredient for bullshit.

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  • Fiber: Parts of plant foods that are indigestible or very slowly digested, with little effect on blood glucose and insulin levels; sometimes called roughage.

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  • Insoluble fiber technically called cellulose, hemicellulose, and lignin, also known as roughage, does not dissolve in water or break down in your digestive system.

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  • Fiber, or what some call roughage, is essential for healthy bowel function.

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  • Fiber, also known as roughage, comes in two types: soluble fiber, which dissolves in water and may form a gel that carries food through the digestive tract; and insoluble fiber, which doesn't dissolve in water and rapidly passes through the digestive system largely intact.

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  • The insoluble dietary fiber in Nopal - more commonly known as roughage - absorb both water and toxins and slowly and gently hastens food through the digestive track and thereby contributes to regular bowel movements.

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  • The insoluble dietary fiber in Nopal - more commonly known as roughage - absorb both water and toxins and slowly and gently hasten food through the digestive track and thereby contributes to regular bowel move ments.

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  • I personally found the line about "roughage" humorous.

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  • In other words, while you would use the word ballast to characterize Cheney's comments as "roughage" I would use the same word to characterize them as lending stability and reason to the political discourse.

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