What does diet mean?

Definitions for diet
ˈdaɪ ɪtdi·et

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dietnoun

    a prescribed selection of foods

  2. dietnoun

    a legislative assembly in certain countries (e.g., Japan)

  3. dietnoun

    the usual food and drink consumed by an organism (person or animal)

  4. diet, dietingverb

    the act of restricting your food intake (or your intake of particular foods)

  5. dietverb

    follow a regimen or a diet, as for health reasons

    "He has high blood pressure and must stick to a low-salt diet"

  6. dietverb

    eat sparingly, for health reasons or to lose weight


  1. dietnoun

    The food and beverage a person or animal consumes.

    The diet of the Giant Panda consists mainly of bamboo.

  2. dietnoun

    A controlled regimen of food and drink, as to gain or lose weight or otherwise influence health.

  3. dietnoun

    By extension, any habitual intake or consumption.

    He's been reading a steady diet of nonfiction for the last several years.

  4. dietnoun

    A council or assembly of leaders; a formal deliberative assembly.

  5. dietverb

    To regulate the food of (someone); to put on a diet.

  6. dietverb

    To modify one's food and beverage intake so as to decrease or increase body weight or influence health.

  7. Etymology: From diete, from dieta, from δίαιτα.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. DIETnoun

    Etymology: diœta, low Latin; δίαιτα.

    They cared for no other delicacy of fare, or curiosity of diet, than to maintain life. Walter Raleigh, History of the World.

    Time may come, when men
    With angels may participate; and find
    No inconvenient diet, nor too light fare. John Milton, Par. Lost.

    No part of diet, in any season, is so healthful, so natural, and so agreeable to the stomach, as good and well-ripened fruits. William Temple.

    Milk appears to be a proper diet for human bodies, where acrimony is to be purged or avoided; but not so proper where the canals are obstructed, it being void of all saline quality. John Arbuthnot, on Aliments.

    I commend rather some diet for certain seasons, than frequent use of physick; for those diets alter the body more, and trouble it less. Francis Bacon, Essay 31.

    I restrained myself to so regular a diet, as to eat flesh but once a day, and little at a time, without salt or vinegar. William Temple.

  2. Dietnoun

    Etymology: from dies, an appointed day, Skinner: from diet, an old German word signifying a multitude, Junius.

    An emperour in title without territory, who can ordain nothing of importance but by a diet, or assembly of the estates of many free princes, ecclesiastical and temporal. Walter Raleigh.

  3. To Dietverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    She diets him with fasting every day,
    The swelling of his wounds to mitigate,
    And made him pray both early and eke late. Fairy Queen.

    Shew a while like fearful war,
    To diet rank minds sick of happiness,
    And purge th’ obstructions, which begin to stop
    Our very veins of life. William Shakespeare, Henry IV. p. ii.

    He was not taken well; he had not din’d:
    The veins unfill’d, our blood is cold; and then
    We powt upon the morning, are unapt
    To give or to forgive; but when we’ve stuff’d
    These pipes, and these conveyances of blood,
    With wine and feeding, we have suppler souls
    Than in our priestlike fasts; therefore I’ll watch him
    ’Till he be dieted to my request. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    I will attend my husband, be his nurse,
    Diet his sickness; for it is my office. William Shakespeare, Com. of Err.

    Henceforth my early care
    Shall ’tend thee, and the fertile burden ease
    ’Till dieted by thee, I grow mature
    In knowledge as the gods, who all things know. John Milton, P. L.

    We have lived upon expedients, of which no country had less occasion: we have dieted a healthy body into a consumption, by plying it with physick instead of food. Jonathan Swift.

    I’m partly led to diet my revenge,
    For that I do suspect the lusty Moor
    Hath leapt into my seat. William Shakespeare, Othello.

  4. To Dietverb

    I join with thee calm peace and quiet;
    Spare fast, that oft with gods doth diet. John Milton.


  1. DIET

    DIET is a software for grid-computing. As middleware, DIET sits between the operating system (which handles the details of the hardware) and the application software (which deals with the specific computational task at hand). DIET was created in 2000. It was designed for high-performance computing. It is currently developed by INRIA, École Normale Supérieure de Lyon, CNRS, Claude Bernard University Lyon 1, SysFera. It is open-source software released under the CeCILL license. Like NetSolve/GridSolve and Ninf, DIET is compliant with the GridRPC standard from the Open Grid Forum.The aim of the DIET project is to develop a set of tools to build computational servers. The distributed resources are managed in a transparent way through the middleware. It can work with workstations, clusters, Grids and clouds. DIET is used to manage the Décrypthon Grid installed by IBM in six French universities (Bordeaux 1, Lille 1, Paris 6, ENS Lyon, Crihan in Rouen, Orsay).


  1. diet

    A diet refers to the kinds and amounts of food that a person, animal, or community habitually consumes. It may also refer to a specific intake of nutrition for health or weight-management reasons, which could involve eating or not eating specific foods.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dietnoun

    course of living or nourishment; what is eaten and drunk habitually; food; victuals; fare

  2. Dietnoun

    a course of food selected with reference to a particular state of health; prescribed allowance of food; regimen prescribed

  3. Dietverb

    to cause to take food; to feed

  4. Dietverb

    to cause to eat and drink sparingly, or by prescribed rules; to regulate medicinally the food of

  5. Dietverb

    to eat; to take one's meals

  6. Dietverb

    to eat according to prescribed rules; to ear sparingly; as, the doctor says he must diet

  7. Dietnoun

    a legislative or administrative assembly in Germany, Poland, and some other countries of Europe; a deliberative convention; a council; as, the Diet of Worms, held in 1521

  8. Etymology: [F. dite, LL. dieta, diaeta, an assembly, a day's journey; the same word as diet course of living, but with the sense changed by L. dies day: cf. G. tag day, and Reichstag.]


  1. Diet

    In politics, a diet is a formal deliberative assembly. The term is mainly used historically for the Imperial Diet, the general assembly of the Imperial Estates of the Holy Roman Empire, and for the legislative bodies of certain countries. Modern usage mainly relates to the Japanese Parliament, called "Diet" in English.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Diet

    dī′et, n. mode of living, with especial reference to food: food prescribed by a physician: allowance of provisions.—v.t. to furnish with food.—v.i. to eat: to take food according to rule.—n. Dietā′rian, one who observes prescribed rules for diet.—adj. Dī′etary, pertaining to diet or the rules of diet.—n. course of diet: allowance of food, esp. in large institutions.—ns. Dī′et-drink, medicated liquor; Dī′eter (Shak.), one who diets or prepares food by rule.—adjs. Dietet′ic, -al, pertaining to diet.—adv. Dietet′ically.—ns. Dietet′ics, rules for regulating diet; Dietet′ist, one who lays stress on diet; Dī′etist, an authority on diet. [Fr. diète—Low L. diæta—Gr. diaita, mode of living, diet.]

  2. Diet

    dī′et, n. an assembly of princes and delegates, the chief national council in several countries in Europe: (Scots law) the proceedings under a criminal libel: a clerical or ecclesiastical function in Scotland, a diet of worship.—n. Dī′etine, a minor or local diet.—Desert the diet, to abandon criminal proceedings under a particular libel—in Scotch usage. [O. Fr. diete—Low L. diæta—Gr. diaita; or acc. to Littré, from L. dies, a (set) day, with which usage cf. Ger. tag, a day, reichstag.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Diet

    a convention of the princes, dignitaries, and delegates of the German empire, for legislative or administrative purposes, of which the most important in a historical point of view are diets held at Augsburg in 1518, at Worms in 1521, at Nüremberg in 1523, 1524, at Spires in 1526, 1529, at Augsburg in 1530, at Cologne in 1530, at Worms in 1536, at Frankfort in 1539, at Ratisbon in 1541, at Spires in 1544, at Augsburg in 1547, 1548, 1550, and at Ratisbon in 1622.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Diet

    Regular course of eating and drinking adopted by a person or animal. This does not include DIET THERAPY, a specific diet prescribed in the treatment of a disease.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. diet

    The regulated food for patients in sick-bays and hospitals.

Editors Contribution

  1. diet

    An accurate, specific and moderate amount of a variety of plant-based food and a balance of other food groups and a sufficient amount of fluid in the form of a drink.

    Our diet is the food we eat and drink.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 11, 2020  

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  1. DIET

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'diet' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2533

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    Rank popularity for the word 'diet' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3129

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'diet' in Nouns Frequency: #1002

Anagrams for diet »

  1. edit

  2. tide

  3. tied

  4. dite

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of diet in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of diet in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of diet in a Sentence

  1. David Katz:

    What they define as an' optimal' diet is not quite optimal ; it's just a whole lot better than' typical,'.

  2. Janice Chou:

    Rise seemed like a really great way to connect with someone who could guide me and advise me on how to eat a more balanced diet.

  3. Eduardo Grunvald:

    And the key for patients is to know that changing your diet becomes more natural, more easy to do after you have bariatric surgery or take the new weight loss medications, while we do n’t yet fully understand why, these interventions actually change the chemistry in your brain, making it much easier to change your diet afterwards.

  4. Peter Green:

    We ’d like to confirm the findings in individuals here, but we need to see them before they go on a special diet.

  5. John Beard:

    But the traditional diet has changed, another part of it is lifestyle ... and that they have systems which identify and treat key issues like blood pressure.

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