What does flesh mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. fleshnoun

    the soft tissue of the body of a vertebrate: mainly muscle tissue and fat

  2. human body, physical body, material body, soma, build, figure, physique, anatomy, shape, bod, chassis, frame, form, fleshnoun

    alternative names for the body of a human being

    "Leonardo studied the human body"; "he has a strong physique"; "the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak"

  3. pulp, fleshverb

    a soft moist part of a fruit

  4. fleshverb

    remove adhering flesh from (hides) when preparing leather manufacture


  1. fleshnoun

    The soft tissue of the body, especially muscle and fat.

  2. fleshnoun

    Bare arms, bare legs, bare torso.

  3. fleshnoun

    Animal tissue regarded as food; meat.

  4. fleshnoun

    The human body as a physical entity.

  5. fleshnoun

    The mortal body of a human being, contrasted with the spirit or soul.

  6. fleshnoun

    The evil and corrupting principle working in man.

  7. fleshnoun

    The skin of a human or animal.

  8. fleshnoun

    The soft, often edible, parts of fruits or vegetables.

  9. fleshverb

    To bury (something, especially a weapon) in flesh.

  10. fleshverb

    To inure or habituate someone in or to a given practice.

  11. fleshverb

    To put flesh on; to fatten.

  12. fleshverb

    To add details.

    The writer had to go back and flesh out the climactic scene.

  13. fleshverb

    to remove the flesh from the skin during the making of leather.

  14. Etymology: From flæsc, from flaisk-, from pleh₁ḱ. Compare Old High German "fleisk" (German "Fleisch").

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fleshnoun

    the aggregate of the muscles, fat, and other tissues which cover the framework of bones in man and other animals; especially, the muscles

  2. Fleshnoun

    animal food, in distinction from vegetable; meat; especially, the body of beasts and birds used as food, as distinguished from fish

  3. Fleshnoun

    the human body, as distinguished from the soul; the corporeal person

  4. Fleshnoun

    the human eace; mankind; humanity

  5. Fleshnoun

    human nature

  6. Fleshnoun

    in a good sense, tenderness of feeling; gentleness

  7. Fleshnoun

    in a bad sense, tendency to transient or physical pleasure; desire for sensual gratification; carnality

  8. Fleshnoun

    the character under the influence of animal propensities or selfish passions; the soul unmoved by spiritual influences

  9. Fleshnoun

    kindred; stock; race

  10. Fleshnoun

    the soft, pulpy substance of fruit; also, that part of a root, fruit, and the like, which is fit to be eaten

  11. Fleshverb

    to feed with flesh, as an incitement to further exertion; to initiate; -- from the practice of training hawks and dogs by feeding them with the first game they take, or other flesh. Hence, to use upon flesh (as a murderous weapon) so as to draw blood, especially for the first time

  12. Fleshverb

    to glut; to satiate; hence, to harden, to accustom

  13. Fleshverb

    to remove flesh, membrance, etc., from, as from hides

  14. Etymology: [OE. flesch, flesc, AS. flsc; akin to OFries. flsk, D. vleesch, OS. flsk, OHG. fleisc, G. fleisch, Icel. & Dan. flesk lard, bacon, pork, Sw. flsk.]


  1. Flesh

    Flesh is a 1968 film directed by American filmmaker Paul Morrissey. Flesh is the first film of the "Paul Morrissey Trilogy" produced by Andy Warhol. The other films in the trilogy include Trash and Heat. All three have gained a cult following and are noted examples of the ideals and ideology of the time period. The film stars Joe Dallesandro as a hustler working on the streets of New York City. The movie highlights various Warhol superstars, in addition to being the film debuts of both Jackie Curtis and Candy Darling. Also appearing are Geraldine Smith as Joe's wife and Patti D'Arbanville as her lover.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Flesh

    flesh, n. the soft substance which covers the bones of animals: animal food: the bodies of beasts and birds, not fish: the body, not the soul: animals or animal nature: mankind: kindred: bodily appetites: the present life: the soft substance of fruit: the part of a fruit fit to be eaten: (B.) man's visible nature (as opposed to Pneuma or Spirit), his human or bodily nature, the seat of sin, but not originally or necessarily evil.—v.t. to train to an appetite for flesh, as dogs for hunting: to accustom: to glut: to use upon flesh, as a sword, esp. for the first time.—ns. Flesh′-broth, broth made by boiling flesh; Flesh′-brush, a brush used for rubbing the skin to excite circulation; Flesh′-col′our, pale red, like the normal colour of the cheek of a child.—adj. Fleshed (flesht), having flesh: fat.—ns. Flesh′er (Scot.), a butcher; Flesh′-fly, a fly that deposits its eggs in and feeds on flesh; Flesh′hood (Mrs Browning), the state of being in the flesh; Flesh′-hook, a hook for drawing flesh from a pot; Flesh′iness.—n.pl. Flesh′ings, thin flesh-coloured dress worn by dancers, actors, &c.—adj. Flesh′less, without flesh: lean.—ns. Flesh′liness; Flesh′ling (Spens.), one wholly devoted to sensuality.—adj. Flesh′ly, corporeal: carnal: not spiritual—also adv. Flesh′ly-mind′ed, given to sensual pleasures: carnally-minded.—ns. Flesh′-meat, flesh of animals used for food; Flesh′ment (Shak.), act of fleshing or initiating, excitement arising from success; Flesh′monger, one who deals in flesh: (Shak.) a procurer, a pimp; Flesh′-pot, a pot or vessel in which flesh is cooked: (fig.) abundance of flesh, high living; Flesh′-pottery, sumptuous living; Flesh′-tint, the tint or colour that best represents the human body; Flesh′-worm, a worm that feeds on flesh; Flesh′-wound, a wound not reaching beyond the flesh.—adj. Flesh′y, fat: pulpy: plump.—An arm of flesh, human strength or help; In the flesh, in life, alive: (B.) under control of the lower nature. [A.S. flǽsc; cog. forms in all Teut. languages; Ger. fleisch, &c.]

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    Rank popularity for the word 'flesh' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3717

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    Rank popularity for the word 'flesh' in Nouns Frequency: #1551

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of flesh in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of flesh in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of flesh in a Sentence

  1. William Shakespeare:

    To be, or not to be that is the question Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, Or to take arms against a sea of troubles, And by opposing end them To die to sleep No more and by a sleep to say we end The heartache and the thousand natural shocks That flesh is heir to,--'t is a consummation Devoutly to be wish'd. To die, to sleep To sleep perchance to dream ay, there's the rub For in that sleep of death what dreams may come, When we have shuffled off this mortal coil, Must give us pause there's the respect That makes calamity of so long life For who would bear the whips and scorns of time, The oppressor's wrong, the proud man's contumely, The pangs of despised love, the law's delay, The insolence of office and the spurns That patient merit of the unworthy takes, When he himself might his quietus make With a bare bodkin who would fardels bear, To grunt and sweat under a weary life, But that the dread of something after death, The undiscover'd country from whose bourn No traveller returns, puzzles the will And makes us rather bear those ills we have Than fly to others that we know not of Thus conscience does make cowards of us all And thus the native hue of resolution Is sicklied o'er with the pale cast of thought, And enterprises of great pith and moment With this regard their currents turn awry, And lose the name of action.

  2. Joseph de Maistre:

    I don't know what a scoundrel is like, but I know what a respectable man is like, and it's enough to make one's flesh creep.

  3. Wyndham Lewis:

    With a new familiarity and a flesh-creeping homeliness entirely of this unreal, materialistic world, where all sentiment is coarsely manufactured and advertised in colossal sickly captions, disguised for the sweet tooth of a monstrous baby called the Public, the family as it is, broken up on all hands by the agency of feminist and economic propaganda, reconstitutes itself in the image of the state.

  4. Laura Cipullo:

    Laura Cipullo says. $ 2.49 each at Whole Foods( locations atWholeFoodsMarket.com) 7. Pitaya Also known as dragon fruit, this colorful cactus has a kiwilike taste. It’s rich in phytonutrients, good fatty acids, fiber and antioxidants, says Laura Cipullo, a registered dietitian based near Union Square. How to enjoy it : Slice it open raw and scoop out the flesh for a refreshing and healthy treat, or look for frozen pitaya and make smoothies with it. $ 4 a pound at Hong Kong Supermarket, 157 Hester St. ; 212-966-0337 FOLLOW Laura Cipullo ON FACEBOOK FOR MORE FOX LIFESTYLE NEWS 8. Cracked freekeh Move over, quinoa, and make room for freekeh.

  5. Norman Mailer:

    In America all too few blows are struck into flesh. We kill the spirit here, we are experts at that. We use psychic bullets and kill each other cell by cell.

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    fortification consisting of a low wall
    • A. hodgepodge
    • B. germ
    • C. muddle
    • D. breastwork

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