the flesh of animals (including fishes and birds and snails) used as food
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"
kernel, substance, core, center, centre, essence, gist, heart, heart and soul, inwardness, marrow, meat, nub, pith, sum, nitty-gritty(noun)
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"
Food, for animals or humans, especially solid food. See also meat and drink.
A type of food, a dish.
The flesh of an animal used as food.
Any relatively thick, solid part of a fruit, nut etc.
The apple looked fine on the outside, but the meat was not very firm.
A type of meat, by anatomic position and provenance.
The butchery's profit rate on various meats varies greatly
The best or most substantial part of something.
We recruited him right from the meat of our competitor.
The sweet spot of a bat or club (in cricket, golf, baseball etc.).
He hit it right on the meat of the bat.
Throw it in here, meat.
A totem; metonymy for its owner(s).
Origin: From mete, cognate with Frisian mete, Old Saxon meti, maz, Old Icelandic matr, Gothic mats, from a matiz.
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
the flesh of animals used as food; esp., animal muscle; as, a breakfast of bread and fruit without meat
specifically, dinner; the chief meal
to supply with food
Origin: [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.]
Meat is animal flesh that is eaten as food. Humans are omnivorous, and have hunted and killed animals for meat since prehistoric times. The advent of civilization allowed the domestication of animals such as chickens, sheep, pigs and cattle, and eventually their use in meat production on an industrial scale. Meat is mainly composed of water and protein, and is usually eaten together with other food. Some types are edible raw, but is normally eaten after it has been cooked and seasoned or processed in a variety of ways. Unprocessed meat will spoil within hours or days. Spoilage is caused by the practically unavoidable infection and subsequent decomposition of meat by bacteria and fungi, which are borne by the animal itself, by the people handling the meat, and by their implements. Meat consumption varies worldwide, depending on cultural or religious preferences, as well as economic conditions. Vegetarians choose not to eat meat because of ethical, environmental, religious or health concerns that are associated with meat production and consumption. Most often, "meat" refers to skeletal muscle and associated fat and other tissues, but it may also describe other edible tissues such as offal. Conversely, "meat" is sometimes also used in a more restrictive sense – the flesh of mammalian species raised and prepared for human consumption, to the exclusion of fish and other seafood, poultry, and other animals.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
mēt, n. anything eaten as food, the edible part of anything: act of taking meat: (obs.) meal, flour: the flesh of animals used as food—sometimes beef, mutton, pork, veal, &c., as opposed to poultry, fish, &c.—ns. Meat′-bis′cuit, a preparation of meat, made with meal into a biscuit; Meat′iness, quality of being meaty; Meat′-off′ering, a Jewish sacrificial offering of fine flour or first-fruits with oil and frankincense; Meat′-pie, a pie mainly made up of meat; Meat′-safe, a receptacle for storing meat, walled with perforated zinc or gauze; Meat′-sales′man, one who sells meat, esp. to the retail butchers; Meat′-tea, a high tea, at which meat is served; Meat′-tub, a pickling-tub.—adj. Meat′y, full of meat: fleshy: pithy.—Hang meat, to hang up meat before cooking; Sit at meat, to sit at table. [A.S. mete; Dut. met.]
U.S. National Library of Medicine
The edible portions of any animal used for food including domestic mammals (the major ones being cattle, swine, and sheep) along with poultry, fish, shellfish, and game.
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'meat' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3040
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'meat' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1617
Rank popularity for the word 'meat' in Nouns Frequency: #1167
The numerical value of meat in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of meat in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
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From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- vleissoort, vleisAfrikaans
- གསོལ་དཀྲུམ, ཤTibetan Standard
- carn, bessóCatalan, Valencian
- мѧсоOld Church Slavonic, Church Slavonic, Old Bulgarian
- σάρκα, κρέαςGreek
- okela, haragiBasque
- tavara, liha, läskipää, ydinFinnish
- fleisWestern Frisian
- feòilScottish Gaelic
- गोश्त, माँस, मांसHindi
- carne, polpaItalian
- neqiKalaallisut, Greenlandic
- carō, carnisLatin
- fleeschLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- substantie, vlees, hansworst, lulvent, vlees op de botten, vruchtvlees, vleessoortDutch
- kjøtNorwegian Nynorsk
- atsįʼNavajo, Navaho
- фыдOssetian, Ossetic
- غوښهPashto, Pushto
- tgarn, charn, tgern, carnRomansh
- мя́со, мя́котьRussian
- मांसम्, मांसंSanskrit
- meso, месоSerbo-Croatian
- මස්Sinhala, Sinhalese
- namaSouthern Sotho
- laman, karneTagalog
- گۆشUyghur, Uighur
- گوشت, مانسUrdu
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