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Meaning of FOOD

Pronunciation:  food

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  any substance that can be metabolized by an organism to give energy and build tissue
  2. [n]  anything that provides mental stimulus for thinking
  3. [n]  any solid substance (as opposed to liquid) that is used as a source of nourishment; "food and drink"

FOOD is a 4 letter word that starts with F.


 Synonyms: food for thought, intellectual nourishment, nutrient
 See Also: aliment, alimentary paste, alimentation, baked good, beverage, breakfast food, butter, cheese, chocolate, chyme, coconut, coconut meat, cognitive content, comestible, commissariat, content, convenience food, dika bread, drink, drinkable, eatable, edible, fare, feed, fish, food, food, food product, foodstuff, fresh food, fresh foods, garden truck, green goods, green groceries, health food, junk food, manna, manna from heaven, matter, meat, mental object, miraculous food, nourishment, nutrient, nutriment, nutrition, pabulum, pabulum, pasta, potable, produce, provender, provisions, seafood, solid, substance, sustenance, viands, victual, victuals, vitellus, yoghourt, yoghurt, yogurt, yolk



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Food\, n. [OE. fode, AS. f[=o]da; akin to Icel.
    f[ae][eth]a, f[ae][eth]i, Sw. f["o]da, Dan. & LG. f["o]de,
    OHG. fatunga, Gr. patei^sthai to eat, and perh. to Skr. p[=a]
    to protect, L. pascere to feed, pasture, pabulum food, E.
    pasture. [root]75. Cf. {Feed}, {Fodder} food, {Foster} to
    1. What is fed upon; that which goes to support life by being
       received within, and assimilated by, the organism of an
       animal or a plant; nutriment; aliment; especially, what is
       eaten by animals for nourishment.
    Note: In a physiological sense, true aliment is to be
          distinguished as that portion of the food which is
          capable of being digested and absorbed into the blood,
          thus furnishing nourishment, in distinction from the
          indigestible matter which passes out through the
          alimentary canal as f[ae]ces.
    Note: Foods are divided into two main groups: nitrogenous, or
          proteid, foods, i.e., those which contain nitrogen, and
          nonnitrogenous, i.e., those which do not contain
          nitrogen. The latter group embraces the fats and
          carbohydrates, which collectively are sometimes termed
          heat producers or respiratory foods, since by oxidation
          in the body they especially subserve the production of
          heat. The proteids, on the other hand, are known as
          plastic foods or tissue formers, since no tissue can be
          formed without them. These latter terms, however, are
          misleading, since proteid foods may also give rise to
          heat both directly and indirectly, and the fats and
          carbohydrates are useful in other ways than in
          producing heat.
    2. Anything that instructs the intellect, excites the
       feelings, or molds habits of character; that which
             This may prove food to my displeasure. --Shak.
             In this moment there is life and food For future
             years.                                --Wordsworth.
    Note: Food is often used adjectively or in self-explaining
          compounds, as in food fish or food-fish, food supply.
    {Food vacuole} (Zo["o]l.), one of the spaces in the interior
       of a protozoan in which food is contained, during
    {Food yolk}. (Biol.) See under {Yolk}.
    Syn: Aliment; sustenance; nutriment; feed; fare; victuals;
         provisions; meat.
  2. \Food\, v. t.
    To supply with food. [Obs.] --Baret.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing food in your dream, represents physical and emotional nourishment and energies. The different types of food can symbolize a wide range of things. Generally, fruit is symbolic of sensuality. Frozen foods may imply your cold emotions and frigid ways. Eating certain foods refers to qualities that you need to incorporate within your own self. Dreaming that you are hording or storing food indicates a fear of deprivation. You do not trust what you already have. Seeing or eating stale food in your dream, suggests that you are feeling sluggish and emotionally drained. You need to be invigorated and revitalized.
Easton Bible Dictionary

Originally the Creator granted the use of the vegetable world for food to man (Gen. 1:29), with the exception mentioned (2:17). The use of animal food was probably not unknown to the antediluvians. There is, however, a distinct law on the subject given to Noah after the Deluge (Gen. 9:2-5). Various articles of food used in the patriarchal age are mentioned in Gen. 18:6-8; 25:34; 27:3, 4; 43:11. Regarding the food of the Israelites in Egypt, see Ex. 16:3; Num. 11:5. In the wilderness their ordinary food was miraculously supplied in the manna. They had also quails (Ex. 16:11-13; Num. 11:31).

In the law of Moses there are special regulations as to the animals to be used for food (Lev. 11; Deut. 14:3-21). The Jews were also forbidden to use as food anything that had been consecrated to idols (Ex. 34:15), or animals that had died of disease or had been torn by wild beasts (Ex. 22:31; Lev. 22:8). (See also for other restrictions Ex. 23:19; 29:13-22; Lev. 3:4-9; 9:18, 19; 22:8; Deut. 14:21.) But beyond these restrictions they had a large grant from God (Deut. 14:26; 32:13, 14).

Food was prepared for use in various ways. The cereals were sometimes eaten without any preparation (Lev. 23:14; Deut. 23:25; 2 Kings 4:42). Vegetables were cooked by boiling (Gen. 25:30, 34; 2 Kings 4:38, 39), and thus also other articles of food were prepared for use (Gen. 27:4; Prov. 23:3; Ezek. 24:10; Luke 24:42; John 21:9). Food was also prepared by roasting (Ex. 12:8; Lev. 2:14). (See COOK.)

Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: aliment, bread, chow, comestibles, commons, eatables, eats, edibles, feed, foodstuff, foodstuffs, grub, meat, nourishment, nurture, nutriment, pabulum, pap, provender, provisions, rations, scoff, subsistence, sustenance, tuck, viands, victuals