from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The edible whole or coarsely ground grains of a cereal grass.
- n. A granular substance produced by grinding.
- n. The food served and eaten in one sitting.
- n. A customary time or occasion of eating food.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Food that is prepared and eaten, usually at a specific time (e.g. breakfast = morning meal, lunch = noon meal, etc).
- n. The coarse-ground edible part of various grains often used to feed animals; flour.
- n. A speck or spot.
- v. To defile or taint.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A part; a fragment; a portion.
- n. The portion of food taken at a particular time for the satisfaction of appetite; the quantity usually taken at one time with the purpose of satisfying hunger; a repast; the act or time of eating a meal
- n. Grain (esp. maize, rye, or oats) that is coarsely ground and unbolted; also, a kind of flour made from beans, pease, etc.; sometimes, any flour, esp. if coarse.
- n. Any substance that is coarsely pulverized like meal, but not granulated.
- transitive v. To sprinkle with, or as with, meal.
- transitive v. To pulverize.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The edible part of any kind of grain or pulse ground to a powder or flour; flour: as, oatmeal, bean-meal.
- n. Specifically— In the United States, ground maize: more fully called Indian meal and corn-meal.
- n. In Scotland and Ireland, oatmeal.
- n. Any substance resembling the meal of grain or pulse; especially, any coarsely ground substance.
- n. A sand-heap.
- To grind into meal or the state of meal; pulverize: as, mealed powder.—2. To sprinkle with meal, or mix meal with.
- To yield or produce meal; be productive in meal: applied to grain: as, the barley does not meal well this year.
- n. The supply of food taken at one time for the relief of hunger; a provision of food (formerly of drink also) for one or more persons or animals for a single occasion, as at a customary time of eating; the substance of a repast; a breakfast, dinner, or supper: with reference to domestic animals, more commonly called a feed.
- n. The taking or ingestion of a supply of food; an eating; a refection or repast.
- n. The milk which a cow yields at one milking. Also called mcltith.
- To apportion food to; provide with meals or food; feed; fodder.
- n. A speck or spot.
- Apparently, to defile or taint.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the food served and eaten at one time
- n. any of the occasions for eating food that occur by custom or habit at more or less fixed times
- n. coarsely ground foodstuff; especially seeds of various cereal grasses or pulse
Three main types of maize meal are marketed in developing countries: whole meal; partly de-germed meal (i.e. meal from which part of the bran and germ has been removed) which is designated under various names (e.g. partly sifted meal, bolted meal, roller meal (Zambia)); and fully de-germed meal from which most of the bran and germ have been removed and which is also designated as super-sifted meal.
With such a cultural diversity, the meal is a mouthwatering blend of Asian, Italian, Indian and American treats that push the stresses of the hospital to the side and tightens the bonds between colleagues used to unrelenting stress.
While this meal is an extreme example of culinary excess, its description is a good preparation for accounts of the food traditions that developed during the Viceregal period and on into the nineteenth century in Mexico.
But at the same time, I can't help but relate its title to Burroughs 'THE NAKED LUNCH, and parse it as an image of confrontation with reality, an image of that moment of recognition that the "simulacra" of a meal is actually the "objective reality" of a dead animal. posted by Hal Duncan | 5: 02 AM
Simply being able to cook a meal is a skill that's disappearing, and it costs people a fortune to eat out all the time.
“Mother, this meal is a work of art!” he would exclaim, holding his plate up to the light, as if making an offering to the gods, while she smiled shyly, inwardly pleased that she could offer this one thing to the wondrous man who was her son.
That's what we call the meal experience here, as in Who wants to go to sadness?
The tone of Mr. Urdang's article makes me think he may have been suffering from the temporary effects of a less well-prepared repast, which someone called a meal and set before him with a "There you go!" and a "Have a good day!"
This meal is just one of those perfect ones - minimal or no stovetop required, only a microwave, and the whole thing is a great way to embrace the gifts of the Summer season provided that you have a productive season.
A passing insistence on detail – every meal is described, and even the trials of travelling Ryanair get a mention – helps chain a sometimes scatty book to earth.