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

He would eat almost every thing that was offered, but preferred dry and ripe fruits to all other aliments.
Buffon’s Natural History. Volume IX (of 10) Georges Louis Leclerc de Buffon

The section of the pneumo-gastric nerves does not stop the dilution of aliments in the stomach, or chylification.
North American Medical and Surgical Journal, Vol. 2, No. 3, July, 1826 Various

Even the imperfect imitations are retained and digested when other aliments fail.
A System of Practical Medicine By American Authors, Vol. II Various

aliments rich in fat and sugar favor the production of butter, and augment the supply of milk.
The Stock-Feeder’s Manual Charles Alexander Cameron

To nourish the body, when aliments cannot be taken or retained by the stomach.
Cooley’s Cyclopdia of Practical Receipts and Collateral Information in the Arts, Manufactures, Professions, and Trades…, Sixth Edition, Volume I Arnold Cooley

The aliments to which the cook’s art gives a liquid or semi-liquid form, are in general more digestible.
Science in the Kitchen. Mrs. E. E. Kellogg

I shall have to treat of aliments as one of the orders of Restorative Hmatics.
The Action of Medicines in the System Frederick William Headland

Considered as medicines, these substances belong to the division of aliments.
The Action of Medicines in the System Frederick William Headland

She gets rid of most part of the Acids contained in the aliments, by thus uniting them with the Oils contained in those aliments.
Elements of the Theory and Practice of Chymistry, 5th ed. Pierre Joseph Macquer

The quantity and quality of the aliments are another cause, not less powerful in regard to beauty.
Beauty Alexander Walker

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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