[syn: pulp, flesh]
1. remove adhering flesh from (hides) when preparing leather manufacture;
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Flesh \Flesh\ (fl[e^]sh), n. [OE. flesch, flesc, AS. fl[=ae]sc;
akin to OFries. fl[=a]sk, D. vleesch, OS. fl[=e]sk, OHG.
fleisc, G. fleisch, Icel. & Dan. flesk lard, bacon, pork, Sw.
1. The aggregate of the muscles, fat, and other tissues which
cover the framework of bones in man and other animals;
especially, the muscles.
Note: In composition it is mainly proteinaceous, but contains
in adition a large number of low-molecular-weight
subtances, such as creatin, xanthin, hypoxanthin,
carnin, etc. It is also rich in potassium phosphate.
2. Animal food, in distinction from vegetable; meat;
especially, the body of beasts and birds used as food, as
distinguished from fish.
With roasted flesh, or milk, and wastel bread.
3. The human body, as distinguished from the soul; the
As if this flesh, which walls about our life,
Were brass impregnable. --Shak.
4. The human eace; mankind; humanity.
All flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.
--Gen. vi. 12.
5. Human nature:
(a) In a good sense, tenderness of feeling; gentleness.
There is no flesh in man's obdurate heart.
(b) In a bad sense, tendency to transient or physical
pleasure; desire for sensual gratification; carnality.
(c) (Theol.) The character under the influence of animal
propensities or selfish passions; the soul unmoved by
6. Kindred; stock; race.
He is our brother and our flesh. --Gen. xxxvii.
7. The soft, pulpy substance of fruit; also, that part of a
root, fruit, and the like, which is fit to be eaten.
Note: Flesh is often used adjectively or self-explaining
compounds; as, flesh broth or flesh-broth; flesh brush
or fleshbrush; flesh tint or flesh-tint; flesh wound.
After the flesh, after the manner of man; in a gross or
earthly manner. "Ye judge after the flesh." --John viii.
An arm of flesh, human strength or aid.
Flesh and blood. See under Blood.
Flesh broth, broth made by boiling flesh in water.
Flesh fly (Zool.), one of several species of flies whose
larv[ae] or maggots feed upon flesh, as the bluebottle
fly; -- called also meat fly, carrion fly, and
blowfly. See Blowly.
Flesh meat, animal food. --Swift.
Flesh side, the side of a skin or hide which was next to
the flesh; -- opposed to grain side.
Flesh tint (Painting), a color used in painting to imitate
the hue of the living body.
Flesh worm (Zool.), any insect larva of a flesh fly. See
Flesh fly (above).
Proud flesh. See under Proud.
To be one flesh, to be closely united as in marriage; to
become as one person. --Gen. ii. 24.
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Flesh \Flesh\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Fleshed; p. pr. & vb. n.
1. To feed with flesh, as an incitement to further exertion;
to initiate; -- from the practice of training hawks and
dogs by feeding them with the first game they take, or
other flesh. Hence, to use upon flesh (as a murderous
weapon) so as to draw blood, especially for the first
Full bravely hast thou fleshed
Thy maiden sword. --Shak.
The wild dog
Shall flesh his tooth on every innocent. --Shak.
2. To glut; to satiate; hence, to harden, to accustom.
"Fleshed in triumphs." --Glanvill.
Fleshed in the spoils of Germany and France. --Beau.
3. (Leather Manufacture) To remove flesh, membrance, etc.,
from, as from hides.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: the soft tissue of the body of a vertebrate: mainly muscle
tissue and fat
2: alternative names for the body of a human being; "Leonardo
studied the human body"; "he has a strong physique"; "the
spirit is willing but the flesh is weak" [syn: human body,
physical body, material body, soma, build, figure,
physique, anatomy, shape, bod, chassis, frame,
3: a soft moist part of a fruit [syn: pulp, flesh]
v 1: remove adhering flesh from (hides) when preparing leather
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
218 Moby Thesaurus words for "flesh":
Adam, Hominidae, Homo sapiens, Leatherette, Leatheroid, agnate,
alive, all that lives, anatomy, ancestry, animalism, animality,
aspic, barbecue, beastliness, bestiality, biosphere, biota, blood,
blood relation, blood relative, bodiliness, bodily, body,
boiled meat, bones, bouilli, brawn, brutality, brutishness,
carcass, carnal nature, carnal-mindedness, carnality, civet,
clansman, clay, clod, coarseness, coat, cognate, coldness,
collateral, collateral relative, color, concreteness, connections,
consanguinean, corporality, corporeal, corporeality, corporealness,
corporeity, corpus, cuticle, dermis, distaff side,
distant relation, earthiness, ecosphere, embodiment, embody, enate,
fallen humanity, fallen nature, fallen state, family, fell, fiber,
figure, fill in, fill out, fleece, flesh and blood, fleshliness,
flora and fauna, folks, forcemeat, form, frame, frigidity, fur,
furring, game, generation of man, genus Homo, german, grossness,
hachis, hash, hide, hominid, homo, hulk, human, human family,
human nature, human race, human species, humanity, humankind,
imitation fur, imitation leather, impotence, in person,
in the flesh, incorporate, integument, jacket, jerky, joint,
jugged hare, kin, kindred, kinfolk, kinnery, kinsfolk, kinsman,
kinsmen, kinswoman, kith and kin, lapsed state, le genre humain,
leather, leather paper, libido, living, living matter,
living nature, love, lovemaking, man, mankind, marriage,
material body, materialism, materiality, materialness, meat,
menue viande, mince, mortal flesh, mortality, mortals, muscle,
natural, near relation, next of kin, nonspirituality, noosphere,
organic matter, organic nature, organized matter, outer layer,
outer skin, pelt, peltry, pemmican, people, person, personally,
physical, physical body, physicality, physicalness, physique,
plasm, posterity, postlapsarian state, pot roast, potency,
race of man, rawhide, real, really, relations, relatives, rind,
roast, sausage meat, scrapple, sensuality, sex drive, sexiness,
sexual instinct, sexual urge, sexualism, sexuality, sheath, sib,
sibling, skin, skins, soma, spear kin, spear side, spindle kin,
spindle side, stock, substantiality, substantiate, swinishness,
sword side, tegument, the Old Adam, the beast, the flesh,
the offending Adam, tissue, torso, tribesman, trunk,
unspirituality, uterine kin, vair, venison, viande,
Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary:
in the Old Testament denotes (1) a particular part of the body
of man and animals (Gen. 2:21; 41:2; Ps. 102:5, marg.); (2) the
whole body (Ps. 16:9); (3) all living things having flesh, and
particularly humanity as a whole (Gen. 6:12, 13); (4) mutability
and weakness (2 Chr. 32:8; comp. Isa. 31:3; Ps. 78:39). As
suggesting the idea of softness it is used in the expression
"heart of flesh" (Ezek. 11:19). The expression "my flesh and
bone" (Judg. 9:2; Isa. 58:7) denotes relationship.
In the New Testament, besides these it is also used to denote
the sinful element of human nature as opposed to the "Spirit"
(Rom. 6:19; Matt. 16:17). Being "in the flesh" means being
unrenewed (Rom. 7:5; 8:8, 9), and to live "according to the
flesh" is to live and act sinfully (Rom. 8:4, 5, 7, 12).
This word also denotes the human nature of Christ (John 1:14,
"The Word was made flesh." Comp. also 1 Tim. 3:16; Rom. 1:3).
The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906):
FLESH, n. The Second Person of the secular Trinity.