from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To submit or present, as for consideration, approval, or payment.
  • transitive verb To give or make available; provide.
  • transitive verb To give in return or by obligation.
  • transitive verb To deliver or pronounce formally.
  • transitive verb To surrender or relinquish; yield.
  • transitive verb To transfer (a suspect or prisoner) from one country to another by rendition.
  • transitive verb To cause to become; make.
  • transitive verb To represent in verbal form; depict.
  • transitive verb To represent in a drawing or painting, especially in perspective.
  • transitive verb Computers To convert (graphics) from a file into visual form, as on a video display.
  • transitive verb To perform an interpretation of (a musical piece, for example).
  • transitive verb To arrange.
  • transitive verb To express in another language or form; translate.
  • transitive verb To reduce, convert, or melt down (fat) by heating.
  • transitive verb To coat (brick, for example) with plaster or cement.
  • noun A payment in kind, services, or cash from a tenant to a feudal lord.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A return; a payment, especially a payment of rent.
  • noun A giving up; surrender.
  • noun An account given; a statement; a confession.
  • noun Plaster put directly on a wall.
  • noun One who rends or tears by violence.
  • To give or pay back; give in return, or in retribution; return: sometimes with back.
  • To give up; yield; surrender.
  • To give; furnish; present; afford for use or benefit; often, to give officially, or in compliance with a request or duty: as, to render assistance or service; the court rendered judgment.
  • To make or cause to be; cause to become; invest with certain qualities: as, to render a fortress more secure or impregnable.
  • To translate, as from one language into another.
  • To interpret, or express for others, the meaning, spirit, and effect of; reproduce; represent: as, to render a part in a drama, a piece of music, a scene in painting, etc.
  • To report; exhibit; describe.
  • To reduce; try out; clarify by boiling or steaming: said of fats: as, kettle-rendered lard.
  • In building, to plaster directly on the brickwork and without the intervention of laths.
  • To pass or pull through a pulley or the like, as a rope.
  • Synonyms To restore.
  • To contribute, supply.
  • 5 and Interpret, etc. See translate.
  • To give an account; make explanation or confession.
  • To be put or passed through a pulley or the like.

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

  • noun obsolete A surrender.
  • noun A return; a payment of rent.
  • noun obsolete An account given; a statement.
  • transitive verb To return; to pay back; to restore.
  • transitive verb To inflict, as a retribution; to requite.
  • transitive verb To give up; to yield; to surrender.
  • transitive verb Hence, to furnish; to contribute.
  • transitive verb To furnish; to state; to deliver.
  • transitive verb To cause to be, or to become
  • transitive verb To translate from one language into another.
  • transitive verb To interpret; to set forth, represent, or exhibit.


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

[Middle English rendren, from Old French rendre, to give back, from Vulgar Latin *rendere, alteration of Latin reddere (influenced by prēndere, to grasp) : red-, re-, re- + dare, to give; see dō- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old French rendre ("to render, to make"), from Vulgar Latin *rendere, from Latin reddere, present active infinitive of reddō ("return in profit").



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  • A greasy, slippery kind of word, with both culinary and political overtones.

    October 19, 2007

  • See rendition, sadly.

    October 19, 2007

  • It is neither greasy nor slippery when describing graphics.

    October 19, 2007

  • Render unto Caesar fat which is Caesar's.

    October 19, 2007

  • Ha!

    October 19, 2007

  • Good one, yarb!

    October 20, 2007

  • The National Magazine of Rendering.

    Sample content, from the February 2000 issue (courtesy of

    Tom Genack covers recent technological advances in Grease Removal Systems Equipment (GRSE), specifically the indoor grease reservoir with outside drainpipe access. The indoor reservoir, designed for mid-sized restaurants and low-end fry operations, should all but eliminate spoilage and vermin problems. To drain it, GRSE technicians will need a rig fitted with vacuum pumps and a flowmeter - neither of which comes cheap - but any GRSE technician who's dipsticked a vermin-infested stow will tell you it's well worth it.

    February 13, 2009

  • I have got to subscribe to this journal, if only to find out exactly what a "vermin-infested stow" is and how one goes about dipsticking one.

    February 13, 2009

  • When you find out, skipvia, don't tell me.

    February 13, 2009

  • I find it a little disturbing that installing an indoor grease reservoir with outside drainpipe access only "all but eliminates" vermin infestation. Why go to all that expense if, the next time you dipstick your grease reservoir, you still might find vermin?

    I've got to see this in action someday...

    February 13, 2009