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

  • n. The act or process of giving or receiving nourishment.
  • n. Support; sustenance.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. feeding, being fed; the provision of food and other necessities.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act or process of affording nutriment; the function of the alimentary canal.
  • n. State or mode of being nourished.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act or power of affording nutriment.
  • n. The state or process of being nourished; mode of, or condition in regard to, nourishment.
  • n. The providing or supplying with the necessaries of life.

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

  • n. a source of materials to nourish the body
  • n. the act of supplying food and nourishment


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