Definitions for: Meat


[n] the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience; "the gist of the prosecutor's argument"; "the heart and soul of the Republican Party"; "the nub of the story"
[n] the flesh of animals (including fishes and birds and snails) used as food
[n] the inner and usually edible part of a seed or grain or nut or fruit stone; "black walnut kernels are difficult to get out of the shell"



Webster (1913) Definition: Meat, 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 fruit,
Mush.]
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. (Zo["o]l.) 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.


Meat, v. t.
To supply with food. [Obs.] --Tusser.

His shield well lined, his horses meated well.
--Chapman.

Synonyms: center, core, essence, gist, heart, heart and soul, inwardness, kernel, kernel, marrow, nitty-gritty, nub, pith, substance, sum

See Also: beef, bird, boeuf, carbonado, cognitive content, cold cuts, content, cut, cut of meat, dark meat, escargot, food, fowl, game, haecceity, halal, hexadecanoic acid, horseflesh, horsemeat, hypostasis, jerked meat, jerky, lamb, mental object, mouton, mutton, organs, palmitic acid, pemican, pemmican, plant part, porc, pork, protein, quiddity, quintessence, raw meat, sausage, sausage meat, seed, snail, stew meat, stuff, variety meat, veal, veau

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