any nourishing substance that is eaten, drunk, or otherwise taken into the body to sustain life, provide energy, promote growth, etc.
more or less solid nourishment, as distinguished from liquids.
a particular kind of solid nourishment:
a breakfast food; dog food.
whatever supplies nourishment to organisms:
anything serving for consumption or use:
food for thought.
any substance containing nutrients, such as carbohydrates, proteins, and fats, that can be ingested by a living organism and metabolized into energy and body tissue related adjective alimentary
nourishment in more or less solid form as opposed to liquid form: food and drink
anything that provides mental nourishment or stimulus: food for thought
Old English foda “food, nourishment; fuel,” also figurative, from Proto-Germanic *fodon (cf. Gothic fodeins), from Germanic root *fod-, equivalent of PIE *pa- “to tend, keep, pasture, to protect, to guard, to feed” (cf. Greek pateisthai “to feed;” Latin pabulum “food, fodder,” panis “bread,” pasci “to feed,” pascare “to graze, pasture, feed,” pastor “shepherd,” literally “feeder;” Avestan pitu- “food;” Old Church Slavonic pasti “feed cattle, pasture;” Russian pishcha “food”).
Food chain is from 1917. Food poisoning attested by 1864; food processor in the kitchen appliance sense from 1973.
Material, usually of plant or animal origin, that contains essential nutrients, such as carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, or minerals, and is ingested and assimilated by an organism to produce energy, stimulate growth, and maintain life.
bunny food, fast food, junk food, soul food, squirrel-food
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.)
[foo-duh-haw-lik, -hol-ik] /ˌfu dəˈhɔ lɪk, -ˈhɒl ɪk/ noun 1. a person having an excessive, often uncontrollable craving for . noun A compulsive eater; glutton (1980s+) Related Terms -aholic
noun 1. the agency of the United Nations that institutes and administers programs, especially in underdeveloped countries, for improving farming methods and increasing food production. Abbreviation: FAO.
noun, U.S. Government. 1. a division of the Department of Health and Human Services that protects the public against impure and unsafe foods, drugs, and cosmetics. Abbreviation: FDA. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) An agency of the United States federal government that approves or disapproves new drugs and substances that can be consumed.
- Food ball
food ball n. A gastric concretion formed of vegetable fibers from the seeds and skins of fruits and sometimes containing starch granules and fat globules. Also called phytobezoar.