Eat v. t. [imp. Ate Obsolescent & Colloq. Eat p. p. Eaten Obs. or Colloq. Eat (ĕt); p. pr. & vb. n. Eating.]
1. To chew and swallow as food; to devour; -- said especially of food not liquid; as, to eat bread. “To eat grass as oxen.”
They . . . ate the sacrifices of the dead. --Ps. cvi. 28.
The lean . . . did eat up the first seven fat kine. --Gen. xli. 20.
The lion had not eaten the carcass. --1 Kings xiii. 28.
With stories told of many a feat,
How fairy Mab the junkets eat. --Milton.
The island princes overbold
Have eat our substance. --Tennyson.
His wretched estate is eaten up with mortgages. --Thackeray.
2. To corrode, as metal, by rust; to consume the flesh, as a cancer; to waste or wear away; to destroy gradually; to cause to disappear.
To eat humble pie. See under Humble.
To eat of (partitive use). “Eat of the bread that can not waste.” --Keble.
To eat one's words, to retract what one has said. (See the Citation under Blurt.)
To eat out, to consume completely. “Eat out the heart and comfort of it.” --Tillotson.
To eat the wind out of a vessel Naut., to gain slowly to windward of her.
Syn: -- To consume; devour; gnaw; corrode.
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.
v 1: take in solid food; "She was eating a banana"; "What did you
eat for dinner last night?"
2: eat a meal; take a meal; "We did not eat until 10 P.M.
because there were so many phone calls"; "I didn't eat
yet, so I gladly accept your invitation"
3: take in food; used of animals only; "This dog doesn't eat
certain kinds of meat"; "What do whales eat?" [syn: feed]
4: use up (resources or materials); "this car consumes a lot of
gas"; "We exhausted our savings"; "They run through 20
bottles of wine a week" [syn: consume, eat up, use up,
deplete, exhaust, run through, wipe out]
5: worry or cause anxiety in a persistent way; "What's eating
you?" [syn: eat on]
6: cause to deteriorate due to the action of water, air, or an
acid; "The acid corroded the metal"; "The steady dripping
of water rusted the metal stopper in the sink" [syn: corrode,
[also: eaten, ate]