What does food mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. food, nutrientnoun

    any substance that can be metabolized by an animal to give energy and build tissue

  2. food, solid foodnoun

    any solid substance (as opposed to liquid) that is used as a source of nourishment

    "food and drink"

  3. food, food for thought, intellectual nourishmentnoun

    anything that provides mental stimulus for thinking


  1. foodnoun

    Any substance that is or can be consumed by living organisms, especially by eating, in order to sustain life.

    The innkeeper brought them food and drink.

  2. foodnoun

    Anything intended to supply energy or nourishment of an entity or idea.

    That is food for thought.

  3. foodnoun

    A foodstuff.

    This shop stocks many hundreds of different foods.

  4. Etymology: From fode, fude, from foda, from fōdô, from peh₂-. Cognate with fuid, föde, vöde, føde, föda, fæða, fæði, 03460348033303340339033D0343, panis, pasco. Related to fodder, foster.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. FOODnoun

    Etymology: fædan, Sax. voeden, Dut. to feed; feed, Scott.

    On my knees I beg,
    That you’ll vouchsafe me raiment, bed, and food. William Shakespeare.

    Much food is in the tillage of the poor. Prov. xiii. 23.

    Under whose lowly roof thou hast vouchsaf’d
    To enter, and these earthly fruits to taste;
    Food not of angels, yet accepted so,
    As that more willingly thou could’st not seem
    At heav’n’s high feasts t’ have fed. John Milton, Paradise Lost.

    They give us food, which may with nectar vie,
    And wax that does the absent sun supply. Edmund Waller.

    Give me some musick: musick, moody food
    Of us that trade in love. William Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra.

    O dear son Edgar,
    The food of thy abused father’s wrath,
    Might I but live to see thee in my touch,
    I’d say, I had eyes again. William Shakespeare, King Lear.


  1. food

    FOOD was an artist-run restaurant in SoHo, New York. FOOD was founded by artists Carol Goodden, Tina Girouard and Gordon Matta-Clark. FOOD was considered one of the first important restaurants in SoHo. Other individuals who were involved with FOOD included Suzanne Harris and Rachel Lew. FOOD was a place where artists in SoHo, especially those who were later involved in Avalanche magazine and the Anarchitecture group, could meet and enjoy food together. FOOD was considered to be both a business and an artistic "intervention in an urban setting." It has also been called a "landmark that still resonates in the history and mythology of SoHo in the 1970s."


  1. food

    Food refers to any substance that is consumed by living organisms to provide them with the necessary nutrients, energy, and sustenance to support growth, development, and overall bodily functions. It can be derived from plants or animals and typically contains a combination of macronutrients (proteins, carbohydrates, and fats), micronutrients (vitamins and minerals), and water. Food is essential for survival, as it fuels physiological processes, promotes health, and contributes to overall well-being.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Foodnoun

    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

  2. Foodnoun

    anything that instructs the intellect, excites the feelings, or molds habits of character; that which nourishes

  3. Foodverb

    to supply with food


  1. Food

    Food is any substance consumed to provide nutritional support for the body. It is usually of plant or animal origin, and contains essential nutrients, such as carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, or minerals. The substance is ingested by an organism and assimilated by the organism's cells in an effort to produce energy, maintain life, or stimulate growth. Historically, people secured food through two methods: hunting and gathering, and agriculture. Today, most of the food energy consumed by the world population is supplied by the food industry. Food safety and food security are monitored by agencies like the International Association for Food Protection, World Resources Institute, World Food Programme, Food and Agriculture Organization, and International Food Information Council. They address issues such as sustainability, biological diversity, climate change, nutritional economics, population growth, water supply, and access to food. The right to food is a human right derived from the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, recognizing the "right to an adequate standard of living, including adequate food," as well as the "fundamental right to be free from hunger."

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Food

    fōōd, n. what one feeds on: that which, being digested, nourishes the body: whatever sustains or promotes growth.—adjs. Food′ful, able to supply food abundantly; Food′less, without food. [A.S. fóda; Goth. fódeins, Sw. föda.]

  2. Food

    fōōd, n. (Spens.). Same as Feud.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Food

    Any substances taken in by the body that provide nourishment.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. food

    Food has two functions, building up the body, and supplying it with force. Substances used as food may be divided into elements which are oxidizable and those conducive to chemical changes. Milk contains all the necessary elements in the best form. The nourishing elements of foods are usually classed under the heads of albuminates, fats, carbo-hydrates, and salts. In regard to the part played by the condiments used in flavoring and seasoning, and such things as tea, coffee, chocolate, alcohol, etc., little is positively known beyond the fact that some of them are useful in exciting the salivary and alimentary secretions. The amount of food necessary to health and vigor varies with the kind and amount of occupation, the character of the climate, and specifically with the individual. Playfair and Parkes give the following as the average daily allowance of anhydrous food for an adult, in avoirdupois ounces:

Editors Contribution

  1. food

    A variety of vegetarian matter suitable for an animal or human to eat and provide energy and nutrients to contribute to their life and optimum health

    Food is vital to sustain life.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 25, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'food' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #486

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'food' in Written Corpus Frequency: #710

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'food' in Nouns Frequency: #168

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of food in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of food in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of food in a Sentence

  1. Liz Sanders:

    Our biggest trend over time has to do with purchasing factors, and we know that taste and price have always been the top two factors that have driven purchasing, with healthfulness following behind in the third spot, in terms of what is healthy, we know that it doesn't always beat out what tastes the best or what has the best price, in terms of impacting a food purchase.

  2. Alexis Coppol:

    It's crazy. People have gone crazy, i mean, I'm not too worried, but if we get put on a lockdown I want to make sure I have food.

  3. Craig Comiter:

    That is just the way animals are bred for food, they’re going to pass infections to each other, so they need antibiotics so that they don’t die, so that we have a good source of protein.

  4. Derek Gatherer:

    Almost all human cases occur in individuals involved in processing animal products, either for food or in the animal wool/skins industry and 95 per cent of these are via skin infection.

  5. Prime Minister Ana Brnabic:

    We’ve managed to make sure gluten-free food is delivered to him, as well as exercising tools, a laptop and a SIM card so that he is able to be in contact with his family.

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    A impurity
    B dint
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