1. Food, in general; anything eaten for nourishment, either by man or beast. Hence, the edible part of anything; as, the meat of a lobster, a nut, or an egg.
And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, . . . to you it shall be for meat. --Gen. i. 29.
Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you. --Gen. ix. 3.
2. The flesh of animals used as food; esp., animal muscle; as, a breakfast of bread and fruit without meat.
3. Specifically: Dinner; the chief meal. [Obs.]
Meat biscuit. See under Biscuit.
Meat earth Mining, vegetable mold. --Raymond.
Meat fly. Zool. See Flesh fly, under Flesh.
Meat offering Script., an offering of food, esp. of a cake made of flour with salt and oil.
To go to meat, to go to a meal. [Obs.]
To sit at meat, to sit at the table in taking food.
Meat, v. t. To supply with food. [Obs.]
His shield well lined, his horses meated well. --Chapman.
n 1: the flesh of animals (including fishes and birds and snails)
used as food
2: the inner and usually edible part of a seed or grain or nut
or fruit stone; "black walnut kernels are difficult to get
out of the shell" [syn: kernel]
3: the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some
idea or experience; "the gist of the prosecutor's
argument"; "the heart and soul of the Republican Party";
"the nub of the story" [syn: kernel, substance, core,
center, essence, gist, heart, heart and soul, inwardness,
marrow, nub, pith, sum, nitty-gritty]