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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Eat, v. i.
 1. To take food; to feed; especially, to take solid, in distinction from liquid, food; to board.
    He did eat continually at the king's table.   --2 Sam. ix. 13.
 2. To taste or relish; as, it eats like tender beef.
 3. To make one's way slowly.
 To eat, To eat in or To eat into, to make way by corrosion; to gnaw; to consume. “A sword laid by, which eats into itself.” --Byron.
 To eat to windward Naut., to keep the course when closehauled with but little steering; -- said of a vessel.