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.

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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  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. Kamran Safi:

    Possibly the food resources (insects) are distributed over vast areas but in clumped heaps.

  2. J. R. R. Tolkien:

    His house was perfect, whether you liked food, or sleep, or work, or story-telling, or singing, or just sitting and thinking, best, or a pleasant mixture of them all.

  3. Katherine Zeratsky:

    If you really love the taste of salt, instead of cooking with it, sprinkle a little bit on your food before eating it, it gives that same salty taste without being buried in the food.

  4. Jeremiah Young:

    They are going to need food, they are going to need shelter, they are going to need water. Water will be a serious concern over the next few days.

  5. Bridget Benelam:

    Food allergy affects millions of people worldwide and, for some the consequences of an allergic reaction can be fatal.

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