1. the ripened reproductive body of a seed plant;
2. an amount of a product;
[syn: yield, fruit]
3. the consequence of some effort or action;
- Example: "he lived long enough to see the fruit of his policies"
1. cause to bear fruit;
2. bear fruit;
- Example: "the trees fruited early this year"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Fruit \Fruit\, n. [OE. fruit, frut, F. fruit, from L. fructus enjoyment, product, fruit, from frui, p. p. fructus, to enjoy; akin to E. brook, v. t. See Brook, v. t., and cf. Fructify, Frugal.] 1. Whatever is produced for the nourishment or enjoyment of man or animals by the processes of vegetable growth, as corn, grass, cotton, flax, etc.; -- commonly used in the plural. [1913 Webster] Six years thou shalt sow thy land, and shalt gather in the fruits thereof. --Ex. xxiii. 10. [1913 Webster] 2. (Hort.) The pulpy, edible seed vessels of certain plants, especially those grown on branches above ground, as apples, oranges, grapes, melons, berries, etc. See 3. [1913 Webster] 3. (Bot.) The ripened ovary of a flowering plant, with its contents and whatever parts are consolidated with it. [1913 Webster] Note: Fruits are classified as fleshy, drupaceous, and dry. Fleshy fruits include berries, gourds, and melons, orangelike fruits and pomes; drupaceous fruits are stony within and fleshy without, as peaches, plums, and cherries; and dry fruits are further divided into achenes, follicles, legumes, capsules, nuts, and several other kinds. [1913 Webster] 4. (Bot.) The spore cases or conceptacles of flowerless plants, as of ferns, mosses, algae, etc., with the spores contained in them. [1913 Webster] 6. The produce of animals; offspring; young; as, the fruit of the womb, of the loins, of the body. [1913 Webster] King Edward's fruit, true heir to the English crown. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 6. That which is produced; the effect or consequence of any action; advantageous or desirable product or result; disadvantageous or evil consequence or effect; as, the fruits of labor, of self-denial, of intemperance. [1913 Webster] The fruit of rashness. --Shak. [1913 Webster] What I obtained was the fruit of no bargain. --Burke. [1913 Webster] They shall eat the fruit of their doings. --Is. iii 10. [1913 Webster] The fruits of this education became visible. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster] Note: Fruit is frequently used adjectively, signifying of, for, or pertaining to a fruit or fruits; as, fruit bud; fruit frame; fruit jar; fruit knife; fruit loft; fruit show; fruit stall; fruit tree; etc. [1913 Webster] Fruit bat (Zool.), one of the Frugivora; -- called also fruit-eating bat. Fruit bud (Bot.), a bud that produces fruit; -- in most oplants the same as the power bud. Fruit dot (Bot.), a collection of fruit cases, as in ferns. See Sorus. Fruit fly (Zool.), a small dipterous insect of the genus Drosophila, which lives in fruit, in the larval state. There are seveal species, some of which are very damaging to fruit crops. One species, Drosophila melanogaster, has been intensively studied as a model species for genetic reserach. Fruit jar, a jar for holding preserved fruit, usually made of glass or earthenware. Fruit pigeon (Zool.), one of numerous species of pigeons of the family Carpophagid[ae], inhabiting India, Australia, and the Pacific Islands. They feed largely upon fruit. and are noted for their beautiful colors. Fruit sugar (Chem.), a kind of sugar occurring, naturally formed, in many ripe fruits, and in honey; levulose. The name is also, though rarely, applied to invert sugar, or to the natural mixture or dextrose and levulose resembling it, and found in fruits and honey. Fruit tree (Hort.), a tree cultivated for its edible fruit. Fruit worm (Zool.), one of numerous species of insect larv[ae]: which live in the interior of fruit. They are mostly small species of Lepidoptera and Diptera. Small fruits (Hort.), currants, raspberries, strawberries, etc. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Fruit \Fruit\, v. i. To bear fruit. --Chesterfield. [1913 Webster]WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
fruit n 1: the ripened reproductive body of a seed plant 2: an amount of a product [syn: yield, fruit] 3: the consequence of some effort or action; "he lived long enough to see the fruit of his policies" v 1: cause to bear fruit 2: bear fruit; "the trees fruited early this year"Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
256 Moby Thesaurus words for "fruit": Catawba, Persian melon, Valencia orange, acorn, advantages, aftermath, akee, alligator pear, ananas, apple, apricot, artifact, auntie, avocado, banana, bear, bear fruit, bearberry, bearing, benefits, berry, bi-guy, bilberry, bird seed, bisexual, blackberry, brainchild, breed, bring forth, brood, bull dyke, bumper crop, butch, by-product, cacao, candleberry, canistel, cantaloupe, capulin, casaba, catamite, checkerberry, cherimoya, cherry, chicken, child, children, citrange, citron, citrus, citrus fruit, civet fruit, coinage, compensation, composition, concoction, consequence, consequences, consequent, corollary, crab apple, cranberry, creation, creature, crop, crowning achievement, currant, custard apple, damson, date, derivation, derivative, descendants, descent, deserts, development, dewberry, distillate, distillation, drupe, dyke, effect, elderberry, emolument, end product, essence, event, eventuality, eventuation, extract, fag, faggot, fairy, family, feijoa, femme, fig, flaxseed, flit, fricatrice, fructify, fruit cocktail, fruit compote, fruit soup, fruits, furnish, gooseberry, grain, grandchildren, grape, grapefruit, great-grandchildren, guanabana, guava, gunsel, handiwork, harvest, hayseed, heirs, homo, homophile, homosexual, homosexualist, honeydew, hostages to fortune, huckleberry, icaco, ilama, imbu, income, inheritors, invention, invert, issue, jaboticaba, jackfruit, jujube, kernel, kids, kumquat, legacy, lemon, lesbian, lime, lineage, lingonberry, linseed, litchi, little ones, loganberry, logical outcome, loquat, make, mammee apple, mandarin orange, mango, mangosteen, manufacture, manzanilla, marang, masterpiece, masterwork, mayapple, medlar, melon, mintage, mulberry, muscadine, muscat, muscatel, muskmelon, nance, navel orange, nectarine, new generation, new mintage, nut, nutmeg melon, offshoot, offspring, olive, opera, opus, opuscule, orange, origination, outcome, outgrowth, output, pansy, papaw, papaya, passion fruit, pathic, payment, peach, pear, persimmon, pineapple, pip, pippin, pit, plantain, plum, plumcot, pomegranate, posterity, precipitate, proceeds, produce, product, production, products, profits, progeny, prune, punk, queen, queer, quince, raisin, rambutan, raspberry, recompense, red currant, result, resultant, results, returns, rising generation, sapphist, second crop, seed, sequel, sequela, sequence, sequent, sons, stone, stone fruit, strawberry, succession, sugar apple, sugarplum, sweetsop, tangelo, tangerine, treasures, tribade, ugli fruit, upshot, vintage, work, yield, younglings, youngstersEaston's 1897 Bible Dictionary:
Fruit a word as used in Scripture denoting produce in general, whether vegetable or animal. The Hebrews divided the fruits of the land into three classes:, (1.) The fruit of the field, "corn-fruit" (Heb. dagan); all kinds of grain and pulse. (2.) The fruit of the vine, "vintage-fruit" (Heb. tirosh); grapes, whether moist or dried. (3.) "Orchard-fruits" (Heb. yitshar), as dates, figs, citrons, etc. Injunctions concerning offerings and tithes were expressed by these Hebrew terms alone (Num. 18:12; Deut. 14:23). This word "fruit" is also used of children or offspring (Gen. 30:2; Deut. 7:13; Luke 1:42; Ps. 21:10; 132:11); also of the progeny of beasts (Deut. 28:51; Isa. 14:29). It is used metaphorically in a variety of forms (Ps. 104:13; Prov. 1:31; 11:30; 31:16; Isa. 3:10; 10:12; Matt. 3:8; 21:41; 26:29; Heb. 13:15; Rom. 7:4, 5; 15:28). The fruits of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22, 23; Eph. 5:9; James 3:17, 18) are those gracious dispositions and habits which the Spirit produces in those in whom he dwells and works.Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):
FRUIT, property. The produce of tree or plant containing the seed or used for food. Fruit is considered real estate, before it is separated from the plant or tree on which it grows; after its separation it acquires the character of personally, and may be the subject of larceny; it then has all the qualities of personal property, 2. The term fruit, among the civilians, signifies not only the production of trees and other plants, but all sorts of revenue of whatever kind they may be. Fruits may be distinguished into two kinds; the first called natural fruits, are those which the earth produces without culture, as bay, the production of trees, minerals, and the like or with culture, as grain and the like. Secondly, the other kind of fruits, known by the name of civil fruits, are the revenue which is not produced by the earth, but by the industry of man, or from animals, from some estate, or by virtue of some rule of law. Thus, the rent of a house, a right of fishing, the freight of a ship, the toll of a mill, are called, by a metaphorical expression, fruits. Domat, Lois Civ. liv. 3, tit. 5, s. 3, n. 3. See Poth. De la Communaute, n. 45.