Webster 1913 Edition
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
maceratus, p. p. of
macerareto make soft, weaken, enervate; cf. Gr. [GREEK] to knead.]
To make lean; to cause to waste away.
[Obs. or R.]
To subdue the appetites of by poor and scanty diet; to mortify.
To soften by steeping in a liquid, with or without heat; to wear away or separate the parts of by steeping;
macerateanimal or vegetable fiber
Webster 1828 Edition
1.To make lean; to wear away.
2.To mortify; to harass with corporeal hardships; to cause to pine or waste away.
Out of excessive zeal they macerate their bodies and impair their health.
3.To steep almost to solution; to soften and separate the parts of a substance by steeping it in a fluid, or by the digestive process. So we say, food is macerated in the stomach.