What does fat mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. fat(noun)

    a soft greasy substance occurring in organic tissue and consisting of a mixture of lipids (mostly triglycerides)

    "pizza has too much fat"

  2. adipose tissue, fat, fatty tissue(noun)

    a kind of body tissue containing stored fat that serves as a source of energy; it also cushions and insulates vital organs

    "fatty tissue protected them from the severe cold"

  3. fatness, fat, blubber, avoirdupois(adj)

    excess bodily weight

    "she disliked fatness in herself as well as in others"

  4. fat(adj)

    having an (over)abundance of flesh

    "he hadn't remembered how fat she was"

  5. fat(adj)

    having a relatively large diameter

    "a fat rope"

  6. fatty, fat(adj)

    containing or composed of fat

    "fatty food"; "fat tissue"

  7. fat, juicy(adj)


    "a juicy contract"; "a nice fat job"

  8. fat, fertile, productive, rich(verb)

    marked by great fruitfulness

    "fertile farmland"; "a fat land"; "a productive vineyard"; "rich soil"

  9. fatten, fat, flesh out, fill out, plump, plump out, fatten out, fatten up(verb)

    make fat or plump

    "We will plump out that poor starving child"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fat(noun)

    a large tub, cistern, or vessel; a vat

    Etymology: [See Vat, n.]

  2. Fat(noun)

    a measure of quantity, differing for different commodities

    Etymology: [See Vat, n.]

  3. Fat

    abounding with fat

    Etymology: [See Vat, n.]

  4. Fat

    fleshy; characterized by fatness; plump; corpulent; not lean; as, a fat man; a fat ox

    Etymology: [See Vat, n.]

  5. Fat

    oily; greasy; unctuous; rich; -- said of food

    Etymology: [See Vat, n.]

  6. Fat

    exhibiting the qualities of a fat animal; coarse; heavy; gross; dull; stupid

    Etymology: [See Vat, n.]

  7. Fat

    fertile; productive; as, a fat soil; a fat pasture

    Etymology: [See Vat, n.]

  8. Fat

    rich; producing a large income; desirable; as, a fat benefice; a fat office; a fat job

    Etymology: [See Vat, n.]

  9. Fat

    abounding in riches; affluent; fortunate

    Etymology: [See Vat, n.]

  10. Fat

    of a character which enables the compositor to make large wages; -- said of matter containing blank, cuts, or many leads, etc.; as, a fat take; a fat page

    Etymology: [See Vat, n.]

  11. Fat(noun)

    an oily liquid or greasy substance making up the main bulk of the adipose tissue of animals, and widely distributed in the seeds of plants. See Adipose tissue, under Adipose

    Etymology: [See Vat, n.]

  12. Fat(noun)

    the best or richest productions; the best part; as, to live on the fat of the land

    Etymology: [See Vat, n.]

  13. Fat(noun)

    work. containing much blank, or its equivalent, and, therefore, profitable to the compositor

    Etymology: [See Vat, n.]

  14. Fat(adj)

    to make fat; to fatten; to make plump and fleshy with abundant food; as, to fat fowls or sheep

    Etymology: [See Vat, n.]

  15. Fat(verb)

    to grow fat, plump, and fleshy

    Etymology: [See Vat, n.]


  1. Fat

    Fats consist of a wide group of compounds that are generally soluble in organic solvents and generally insoluble in water. Chemically, fats are triglycerides: triesters of glycerol and any of several fatty acids. Fats may be either solid or liquid at room temperature, depending on their structure and composition. Although the words "oils", "fats", and "lipids" are all used to refer to fats, in reality, fat is a subset of lipid. "Oils" is usually used to refer to fats that are liquids at normal room temperature, while "fats" is usually used to refer to fats that are solids at normal room temperature. "Lipids" is used to refer to both liquid and solid fats, along with other related substances, usually in a medical or biochemical context. The word "oil" is also used for any substance that does not mix with water and has a greasy feel, such as petroleum, heating oil, and essential oils, regardless of its chemical structure. Fats form a category of lipid, distinguished from other lipids by their chemical structure and physical properties. This category of molecules is important for many forms of life, serving both structural and metabolic functions. They are an important part of the diet of most heterotrophs. Fats or lipids are broken down in the body by enzymes called lipases produced in the pancreas.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Fat

    fat, adj. plump, fleshy: fruitful, esp. profitable: gross: thick, full-bodied, esp. of printing-types.—n. an oily substance under the skin: solid animal oil: the richest part of anything.—v.t. to make fat.—v.i. to grow fat:—pr.p. fat′ting; pa.p. fat′ted.adj. Fat′brained (Shak.), dull of apprehension.—ns. Fat′-hen (prov.), any one of various plants of thick succulent foliage, esp. pigweed, orach, and ground-ivy; Fat′ling, a young animal fattened for slaughter.—adj. small and fat.—n. Fat′-lute, a mixture of pipe-clay and linseed-oil, for filling joints, &c.—adv. Fat′ly, grossly: in a lumbering manner.—n. Fat′ness, quality or state of being fat: fullness of flesh: richness: fertility: that which makes fertile.—v.t. Fat′ten, to make fat or fleshy: to make fertile.—v.i. to grow fat.—ns. Fat′tener, he who, or that which, fattens; Fat′tening, the process of making fat: state of growing fat; Fat′tiness.—adjs. Fat′tish, somewhat fat; Fat′-witted, dull, stupid; Fat′ty, containing fat or having the qualities of fat.—Fat images, those in relief.—The fat is in the fire, things have gone to confusion. [A.S. fæt; Ger. fett.]

  2. Fat

    fat, n. a vessel for holding liquids: a vat: a dry measure of nine bushels. [See Vat.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. fat

    If the tressing in or tuck of a ship's quarter under water hangs deep, or is overfull, they say she has a fat quarter.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'fat' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3656

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'fat' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2572

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'fat' in Nouns Frequency: #1764

  4. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'fat' in Adjectives Frequency: #466

Anagrams for fat »

  1. AFT

  2. ATF

  3. FTA

  4. TAF

  5. TFA

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of fat in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of fat in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of fat in a Sentence

  1. Emily Dickinson:

    Anger as soon as fed is dead- 'Tis starving makes it fat.

  2. Roger Entner:

    One of the dangers is that they don't just cut the fat out but also the meat and bones and that has negative consequences, that’s part of what we see in Europe: the savings came first immediately and now the churn (or customer defection) goes up.

  3. Deirdre Tobias:

    Walnuts and other tree nuts are a healthful source of plant-based protein and fat, they are a food that( is) consistent with overall dietary recommendations and can easily be incorporated into a patient’s diet, if they like walnuts and are not allergic.

  4. Arya Sharma:

    This is a huge departure from this notion that you can step on a scale and diagnose obesity, this has nothing to do with size or shape or anything else. It's simply the question, is your body fat impairing your health ?

  5. Gary Wenk:

    The fat and sugar combine to induce our addiction as much as does the anandamide, it's a triple play of delight.

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    relating to a technique that does not involve puncturing the skin or entering a body cavity
    • A. blistering
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