from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. See fiber.
- n. Any rough or coarse material.
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- 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
Their twisted mountaintop tale of love and eating proper roughage is sure to peak your interest.
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.
Fiber: Parts of plant foods that are indigestible or very slowly digested, with little effect on blood glucose and insulin levels; sometimes called roughage.
Insoluble fiber technically called cellulose, hemicellulose, and lignin, also known as roughage, does not dissolve in water or break down in your digestive system.
Fiber, or what some call roughage, is essential for healthy bowel function.
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.
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.
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.
I personally found the line about "roughage" humorous.
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.