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  5  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Food  \Food\,  v.  t. 
  To  supply  with  food.  [Obs.]  --Baret. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Food  \Food\,  n.  [OE.  fode,  AS  f[=o]da;  akin  to  Icel. 
  f[ae][eth]a,  f[ae][eth]i,  Sw  f["o]da,  Dan.  &  LG  f["o]de, 
  OHG.  fatunga  Gr  patei^sthai  to  eat,  and  perh.  to  Skr.  p[=a] 
  to  protect,  L.  pascere  to  feed,  pasture,  pabulum  food,  E. 
  pasture.  [root]75.  Cf  {Feed},  {Fodder}  food,  {Foster}  to 
  1.  What  is  fed  upon  that  which  goes  to  support  life  by  being 
  received  within,  and  assimilated  by  the  organism  of  an 
  animal  or  a  plant;  nutriment;  aliment;  especially,  what  is 
  eaten  by  animals  for  nourishment. 
  Note:  In  a  physiological  sense  true  aliment  is  to  be 
  distinguished  as  that  portion  of  the  food  which  is 
  capable  of  being  digested  and  absorbed  into  the  blood, 
  thus  furnishing  nourishment,  in  distinction  from  the 
  indigestible  matter  which  passes  out  through  the 
  alimentary  canal  as  f[ae]ces. 
  Note:  Foods  are  divided  into  two  main  groups:  nitrogenous,  or 
  proteid,  foods,  i.e.,  those  which  contain  nitrogen,  and 
  nonnitrogenous,  i.e.,  those  which  do  not  contain 
  nitrogen.  The  latter  group  embraces  the  fats  and 
  carbohydrates,  which  collectively  are  sometimes  termed 
  heat  producers  or  respiratory  foods,  since  by  oxidation 
  in  the  body  they  especially  subserve  the  production  of 
  heat.  The  proteids,  on  the  other  hand,  are  known  as 
  plastic  foods  or  tissue  formers,  since  no  tissue  can  be 
  formed  without  them  These  latter  terms,  however,  are 
  misleading,  since  proteid  foods  may  also  give  rise  to 
  heat  both  directly  and  indirectly,  and  the  fats  and 
  carbohydrates  are  useful  in  other  ways  than  in 
  producing  heat. 
  2.  Anything  that  instructs  the  intellect,  excites  the 
  feelings,  or  molds  habits  of  character;  that  which 
  This  may  prove  food  to  my  displeasure.  --Shak. 
  In  this  moment  there  is  life  and  food  For  future 
  years.  --Wordsworth. 
  Note:  Food  is  often  used  adjectively  or  in  self-explaining 
  compounds,  as  in  food  fish  or  food-fish,  food  supply. 
  {Food  vacuole}  (Zo["o]l.),  one  of  the  spaces  in  the  interior 
  of  a  protozoan  in  which  food  is  contained,  during 
  {Food  yolk}.  (Biol.)  See  under  {Yolk}. 
  Syn:  Aliment;  sustenance;  nutriment;  feed;  fare;  victuals; 
  provisions;  meat. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  :  any  substance  that  can  be  metabolized  by  an  organism  to  give 
  energy  and  build  tissue  [syn:  {nutrient}] 
  From  Jargon  File  (4.2.3,  23  NOV  2000)  [jargon]: 
  Food  ====== 
  Ethnic.  Spicy.  Oriental,  esp.  Chinese  and  most  esp.  Szechuan, 
  Hunan,  and  Mandarin  (hackers  consider  Cantonese  vaguely  de'classe'). 
  Hackers  prefer  the  exotic;  for  example,  the  Japanese-food  fans  among 
  them  will  eat  with  gusto  such  delicacies  as  fugu  (poisonous  pufferfish) 
  and  whale.  Thai  food  has  experienced  flurries  of  popularity.  Where 
  available,  high-quality  Jewish  delicatessen  food  is  much  esteemed. 
  A  visible  minority  of  Southwestern  and  Pacific  Coast  hackers  prefers 
  For  those  all-night  hacks,  pizza  and  microwaved  burritos  are  big 
  Interestingly,  though  the  mainstream  culture  has  tended  to  think  of 
  hackers  as  incorrigible  junk-food  junkies,  many  have  at  least  mildly 
  health-foodist  attitudes  and  are  fairly  discriminating  about  what 
  they  eat.  This  may  be  generational;  anecdotal  evidence  suggests  that 
  the  stereotype  was  more  on  the  mark  before  the  early  1980s. 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
  Originally  the  Creator  granted  the  use  of  the  vegetable  world 
  for  food  to  man  (Gen.  1:29),  with  the  exception  mentioned 
  (2:17).  The  use  of  animal  food  was  probably  not  unknown  to  the 
  antediluvians.  There  is  however,  a  distinct  law  on  the  subject 
  given  to  Noah  after  the  Deluge  (Gen.  9:2-5).  Various  articles  of 
  food  used  in  the  patriarchal  age  are  mentioned  in  Gen.  18:6-8; 
  25:34;  27:3,  4;  43:11.  Regarding  the  food  of  the  Israelites  in 
  Egypt,  see  Ex  16:3;  Num.  11:5.  In  the  wilderness  their  ordinary 
  food  was  miraculously  supplied  in  the  manna.  They  had  also 
  quails  (Ex.  16:11-13;  Num.  11:31). 
  In  the  law  of  Moses  there  are  special  regulations  as  to  the 
  animals  to  be  used  for  food  (Lev.  11;  Deut.  14:3-21).  The  Jews 
  were  also  forbidden  to  use  as  food  anything  that  had  been 
  consecrated  to  idols  (Ex.  34:15),  or  animals  that  had  died  of 
  disease  or  had  been  torn  by  wild  beasts  (Ex.  22:31;  Lev.  22:8). 
  (See  also  for  other  restrictions  Ex  23:19;  29:13-22;  Lev. 
  3:4-9;  9:18,  19;  22:8;  Deut.  14:21.)  But  beyond  these 
  restrictions  they  had  a  large  grant  from  God  (Deut.  14:26; 
  32:13,  14). 
  Food  was  prepared  for  use  in  various  ways.  The  cereals  were 
  sometimes  eaten  without  any  preparation  (Lev.  23:14;  Deut. 
  23:25;  2  Kings  4:42).  Vegetables  were  cooked  by  boiling  (Gen. 
  25:30,  34;  2  Kings  4:38,  39),  and  thus  also  other  articles  of 
  food  were  prepared  for  use  (Gen.  27:4;  Prov.  23:3;  Ezek.  24:10; 
  Luke  24:42;  John  21:9).  Food  was  also  prepared  by  roasting  (Ex. 
  12:8;  Lev.  2:14).  (See  {COOK}.) 

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