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NOUN (3)

1. any substance that can be metabolized by an animal to give energy and build tissue;
[syn: food, nutrient]

2. any solid substance (as opposed to liquid) that is used as a source of nourishment;
- Example: "food and drink"
[syn: food, solid food]

3. anything that provides mental stimulus for thinking;
[syn: food, food for thought, intellectual nourishment]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Food \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 cherish.] 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. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] 2. Anything that instructs the intellect, excites the feelings, or molds habits of character; that which nourishes. [1913 Webster] This may prove food to my displeasure. --Shak. [1913 Webster] In this moment there is life and food For future years. --Wordsworth. [1913 Webster] Note: Food is often used adjectively or in self-explaining compounds, as in food fish or food-fish, food supply. [1913 Webster] Food vacuole (Zool.), one of the spaces in the interior of a protozoan in which food is contained, during digestion. Food yolk. (Biol.) See under Yolk. Syn: Aliment; sustenance; nutriment; feed; fare; victuals; provisions; meat. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Food \Food\, v. t. To supply with food. [Obs.] --Baret. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

food n 1: any substance that can be metabolized by an animal to give energy and build tissue [syn: food, nutrient] 2: any solid substance (as opposed to liquid) that is used as a source of nourishment; "food and drink" [syn: food, solid food] 3: anything that provides mental stimulus for thinking [syn: food, food for thought, intellectual nourishment]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

27 Moby Thesaurus words for "food": 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
Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary:

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.)