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Webster 1913 Edition


Meat

Meat

(mēt)
,
Noun.
[OE.
mete
, AS.
mete
; akin to OS.
mat
,
meti
, D.
met
hashed meat, G.
mett
wurst 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
.
(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.

Meat

,
Verb.
T.
To supply with food.
[Obs.]
Tusser.
His shield well lined, his horses
meated
well.
Chapman.

Webster 1828 Edition


Meat

MEAT

, n.
1.
Food in general; any thing eaten for nourishment, either by man or beast.
And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb--to you it shall be for meat. Gen.1.
Every moving thing that liveth, shall be meat for you.
Gen.9.
Thy carcass shall be meat to all fowls of the air.
Deut.28.
2.
The flesh of animals used as food. This is now the more usual sense of the word. The meat of carnivorous animals is tough, coarse and ill flavored. The meat of herbivorous animals is generally palatable.
3.
In Scripture, spiritual food; that which sustains and nourishes spiritual life or holiness.
My flesh is meat indeed. John.6.
4.
Spiritual comfort; that which delights the soul.
My meat is to do the will of him that sent me. John.4.
5.
Products of the earth proper for food. Hab.3.
6.
The more abstruse doctrines of the gospel, or mysteries of religion. Heb.5.
7.
Ceremonial ordinances. Heb.13.
To sit at meat, to sit or recline at the table.

Definition 2021


meat

meat

See also: méat

English

Noun

meat (countable and uncountable, plural meats)

  1. (now archaic, dialectal) Food, for animals or humans, especially solid food. See also meat and drink. [from 8th c.]
  2. (now rare) A type of food, a dish. [from 9th c.]
    • 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, chapter lxj, in Le Morte Darthur, book X:
      And thenne he blewe his horne that the maronners had yeuen hym / And whanne they within the Castel herd that horne / they put forthe many knyghtes and there they stode vpon the walles / and said with one voys / welcome be ye to this castel / [] / and sire Palomydes entred in to the castel / And within a whyle he was serued with many dyuerse metes
  3. (now archaic) A meal. [from 9th c.]
    • 1526, William Tyndale, trans. Bible, Matthew, ch. 8:
      And hit cam to passe, thatt Jesus satt at meate in his housse.
  4. (uncountable) The flesh of an animal used as food. [from 14th c.]
    • 2010, Andy Atkins, The Guardian, 19 October:
      While people who eat no meat at all are identified and identifiable as vegetarians, there is no commonly accepted term for people who eat it only a couple of times a week and are selective about its quality.
    Is that meat halal to eat?
  5. (uncountable) Any relatively thick, solid part of a fruit, nut etc. [from 15th c.]
    The apple looked fine on the outside, but the meat was not very firm.
  6. (slang) A ****. [from 16th c.]
    • 1993, Nancy Friday, Women on top: how real life has changed women's sexual fantasies, page 538
      He sits me on the floor (the shower is still beating down on us). He lays me down and slides his huge meat into me.
    • 2006 John Patrick, Play Hard, Score Big, page 54
      Just the tight, hot caress of his bowels surrounding my meat gave me pleasures I had only dreamed of before that day.
    • 2011, Wade Wright, Two Straight Guys, page 41
      Both men were completely, and very actively into this face ****! Suddenly Bill pulled off of Jim's meat and said,
  7. (countable) A type of meat, by anatomic position and provenance. [from 16th c.]
    The butchery's profit rate on various meats varies greatly.
  8. (colloquial) The best or most substantial part of something. [from 16th c.]
    We recruited him right from the meat of our competitor.
    • 1577, Gerald Eades Bentley, The Arte of Angling
      [] it is time to begin "A Dialogue between Viator and Piscator," which is the meat of the matter.
  9. (sports) The sweet spot of a bat or club (in cricket, golf, baseball etc.). [from 20th c.]
    He hit it right on the meat of the bat.
  10. A meathead.
    Throw it in here, meat.
  11. (Australian Aboriginal) A totem, or (by metonymy) a clan or clansman which uses it.
    • 1949, Oceania, Vol.XX
      When a stranger comes to an aboriginal camp or settlement in north-western NSW, he is asked by one of the older aborigines: "What meat (clan) are you?"
    • 1973, M. Fennel & A. Grey, Nucoorilma
      Granny Sullivan was ‘dead against’ the match at first because they did not know "what my meat was and because I was a bit on the fair side."
    • 1977, A. K. Eckermann, Group Organisation and Identity
      Some people maintained that she was "sung" because her family had killed or eaten the "meat" (totem) of another group.
    • 1992, P. Taylor, Tell it Like it Is
      Our family [] usually married the red kangaroo "meat".
    • 1993, J. Janson, Gunjies
      That’s a beautiful goanna. []. He’s my meat, can’t eat him.

Usage notes

The meaning "flesh of an animal used as food" is often understood to exclude fish and other seafood. For example, the rules for abstaining from meat in the Roman Catholic Church do not extend to fish; likewise, some people who consider themselves vegetarians also eat fish (though the more precise term for such a person is pescetarian).

Synonyms

  • flesh
  • See also Wikisaurus:meat
  • (****): see Wikisaurus:****

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Latin

Verb

meat

  1. third-person singular present active indicative of meō