The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Meat \Meat\ (m[=e]t), n. [OE. mete, AS. mete; akin to OS. mat,
meti, D. met hashed meat, G. mettwurst sausage, OHG. maz
food, Icel. matr, Sw. mat, Dan. mad, Goth. mats. Cf. Mast
1. Food, in general; anything eaten for nourishment, either
by man or beast. Hence, the edible part of anything; as,
the meat of a lobster, a nut, or an egg. --Chaucer.
And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb
bearing seed, . . . to you it shall be for meat.
--Gen. i. 29.
Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for
you. --Gen. ix. 3.
2. The flesh of animals used as food; esp., animal muscle;
as, a breakfast of bread and fruit without meat.
3. Specifically: Dinner; the chief meal. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
Meat biscuit. See under Biscuit.
Meat earth (Mining), vegetable mold. --Raymond.
Meat fly. (Zool.) See Flesh fly, under Flesh.
Meat offering (Script.), an offering of food, esp. of a
cake made of flour with salt and oil.
To go to meat, to go to a meal. [Obs.]
To sit at meat, to sit at the table in taking food.