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

  • noun The act or process of starving.
  • noun The condition of being starved.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state of starving or being starved; extreme suffering from cold or hunger; hence, deprivation of any element essential to nutrition or the proper discharge of the bodily functions: often used figuratively of mental or spiritual needs.

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

  • noun The act of starving, or the state of being starved.

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

  • noun a condition of severe suffering due to a lack of nutrition.
  • adjective likely to cause starving

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

  • noun the act of depriving of food or subjecting to famine
  • noun a state of extreme hunger resulting from lack of essential nutrients over a prolonged period


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