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that which nourishes; nutriment; food.
that which sustains; means of support.
to sustain; support.
Historical Examples

As the fire gained strength and heat, it began to spread on three sides, dying of itself on the fourth, for want of aliment.
The Prairie J. Fenimore Cooper

All these are placed before the Chapel kindred for inspiration and aliment.
Child and Country Will Levington Comfort

A sterile cabinet held an ample supply of every known remedy for any aliment that might afflict a camel.
Hi Jolly! James Arthur Kjelgaard

Indeed, what known fruit is there that is more wholesome as an aliment than this?
The Peaches of New York U. P. Hedrick

Growth and development also follow the absorption and fixation of aliment by an osmotic production.
The Mechanism of Life Stphane Leduc

They form, in some sort, the prehensile organs which seize the aliment.
The Ocean World: Louis Figuier

It almost seemed as if with him they had lost the sacred flame from which their fervid imagination drew life and aliment.
Fra Bartolommeo and Andrea D’Agnolo Leader Scott

If these do not exist, where is its aliment, where the fuel for the flame?
Charles Sumner; his complete works, volume 1 (of 20) Charles Sumner

It is the aliment of love; it is the wages of ambition; it is the rightful heritage of error!
The Disowned, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton

Exercise and aliment are equally indispensable, and must go together.
A Memorial of Mrs. Margaret Breckinridge Archibald Alexander

noun (ˈælɪmənt)
something that nourishes or sustains the body or mind
(Scots law) another term for alimony
verb (ˈælɪˌmɛnt)
(transitive) (obsolete) to support or sustain

“food,” late 15c., from Latin alimentum “nourishment,” in plural, “food, provisions,” from alere “to nourish” (see alimentary).

aliment al·i·ment (āl’ə-mənt)

Something that nourishes; food.

Something that supports or sustains.

v. al·i·ment·ed, al·i·ment·ing, al·i·ments
To supply with sustenance, such as food.


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