Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In alchemy, the act of adding to the matter in preparation fresh substances, to supply the waste of evaporation, etc.: the seventh process in alchemy.
  • noun In physiology, the act of taking food, particularly the more solid kinds.
  • noun Any chemical operation that gives a substance consistency and solidity.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of taking food.
  • noun (Alchemy) The process or operation of feeding the contents of the crucible with fresh material.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun obsolete The act of taking food.
  • noun obsolete, alchemy The operation of feeding the contents of the crucible with fresh material.

Etymologies

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Latin cibatio, from cibare to feed.

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