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: the soft parts of the body of an animal and especially of a vertebrate
especially : the parts composed chiefly of skeletal muscle as distinguished from internal organs, bone, and integument
: the condition of having ample fat on the body
cattle in good flesh
: edible parts of an animal
: flesh of a mammal or fowl eaten as food
: the physical nature of human beings
the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak—Matthew 26:41 (King James Version)
Christian Science : an illusion that matter has sensation
: facts or details that provide substance to something
Her careful documentation puts the necessary flesh on much that has been merely speculation …—John H. Crook
fleshed; fleshing; fleshes
: to initiate or habituate especially by giving a foretaste
: to clothe or cover with or as if with flesh
broadly : to give substance to —usually used with out
flesh out a plan
: to make fuller or more nearly complete —used with out
museums fleshing out their collections with borrowed works
: to free from flesh
Noun the flabby white flesh of his belly a disease that causes sores on the flesh
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NounThat's because the flesh of the fruit, which contains fiber, is discarded during the juicing process. —Danielle Weiss, Verywell Health, 28 Feb. 2023 Because neither one of them alters the appearance of the fish, its flesh, or its odor. —Joe Cermele, Field & Stream, 14 Feb. 2023 True yams have a thick, barklike skin and a dense, dry flesh in the colors of yellow, white, purple or pink — never orange. —Jodi Bay, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Feb. 2023 The Bloater enters the fray like a professional wrestler, manhandling Hunters as Perry's bullets fruitlessly pepper into its thick, fungi-laden flesh. —Randall Colburn, EW.com, 11 Feb. 2023 Scoop flesh into a bowl and roughly mash with a fork. —Gretchen Mckay, Hartford Courant, 9 Feb. 2023 Preserved lemons are made by storing fresh lemons in lots of salt until the flesh, pith, and rind soften. —Zaynab Issa, Bon Appétit, 8 Feb. 2023 Jardin d’été is made with melon flesh, whole lemon, yuzu zest and more orange peel, in addition to the 19 botanicals used to make Citadelle Original. —Jeanette Hurt, Forbes, 24 Jan. 2023 In every sense, her voice is full-bodied — hard muscles, tight tendons, supple flesh, unbreakable bones and a God-imbued soul. —Rod Stafford Hagwood, Sun Sentinel, 19 Jan. 2023
VerbMarshall and the writers took that as another opportunity to flesh out the Eric role. —Nick Romano, EW.com, 20 Dec. 2022 The moment felt even rawer since the HBO Max adaptation closely followed the Dumbo actress in the first episode to flesh out a sincere attachment with viewers. —Jacqueline Saguin, Good Housekeeping, 22 Jan. 2023 In the time off taken to flesh out that onscreen relationship, the pandemic hit. —Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, 12 Dec. 2022 To flesh out how hemp’s cannabinoids impact livestock, scientists at the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment fed 10 lactating dairy cows differing amounts of hemp feed containing a range of cannabinoid concentrations. —Byjack Tamisiea, science.org, 14 Nov. 2022 The results, published in Geology, will help flesh out details in geological models about the ebb and flow of Earth's crust and the oceans between. —Breanna Draxler, Discover Magazine, 19 June 2013 Interspersed between those accounts and Kwan’s forays into his own background are history lessons to flesh out the sociopolitical context behind each story of global migration. —Jenny G. Zhang, Washington Post, 11 Jan. 2023 Recipients will gather for a three-day workshop in January to flesh out ideas before rolling out their plans over the next 12 months. —Blake Nelsonstaff Reporter, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Jan. 2023 The author has a gift for set pieces that flesh out his nostalgic world-building. —Marc Weingarten, Los Angeles Times, 1 Dec. 2022 See More
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