flesh

noun
\ ˈflesh How to pronounce flesh (audio) \

Definition of flesh

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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
b : the condition of having ample fat on the body cattle in good flesh
c : skin
2a : edible parts of an animal
b : flesh of a mammal or fowl eaten as food
3a : the physical nature of human beings the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak — Matthew 26:41 (King James Version)
4a : human beings : humankind
b : living beings
c : stock, kindred
5 : a fleshy plant part used as food also : the fleshy part of a fruit
6 Christian Science : an illusion that matter has sensation
7 : 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
in the flesh
: in person and alive

flesh

verb
fleshed; fleshing; fleshes

Definition of flesh (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to initiate or habituate especially by giving a foretaste
2 archaic : gratify
3a : to clothe or cover with or as if with flesh broadly : to give substance to usually used with out flesh out a plan
b : to make fuller or more nearly complete used with out museums fleshing out their collections with borrowed works
4 : to free from flesh

intransitive verb

: to become fleshy often used with up or out

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Synonyms for flesh

Synonyms: Noun

meat

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Examples of flesh in a Sentence

Noun

the flabby white flesh of his belly a disease that causes sores on the flesh

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But scientists have now proposed a surprising new sensor: human flesh. Eva Frederick, Science | AAAS, "Top stories: Mite-proof bees, dark matter ‘bullets,’ and the tiny monkeys replanting the Amazon," 26 July 2019 Little Shop follows an impoverished, unlucky florist (Seymour) who discovers an alien plant possessing an insatiable appetite for human flesh. Tyler Aquilina, EW.com, "Mj Rodriguez, Glee alum Amber Riley to star in Little Shop of Horrors in Los Angeles," 23 July 2019 However, these bad boys rarely find their way to human flesh. Erin Davis And Katherine Dillinger, CNN, "Shark Awareness Day facts to make you rethink 'Jaws'," 14 July 2019 However, these bad boys rarely find their way to human flesh. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, "Shark Awareness Day facts to make you rethink ‘Jaws’," 14 July 2019 And, of course, no off-duty look is complete without a hydrating lip balm and flesh-tone lipstick. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Jourdan Dunn Reveals the Secrets Behind Her Model Off-Duty Glow," 16 Sep. 2019 Each heart is suspended in front of one of the canvases, creating the illusion of blood spraying from living flesh onto the adjacent surface. Steven Litt, cleveland.com, "Gun rights explored in provocative ‘Well Armed Militias’ exhibit at Spaces," 15 Sep. 2019 The Temple Scroll is unusual because the text appears on the flesh side of the parchment, rather than the hair side. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "The secret to miraculous preservation of a Dead Sea Scroll could be salt coating," 11 Sep. 2019 Roasted, peeled sweet potato streaked with crimson beet puree and almond-chipotle vinaigrette is the flesh-free equivalent of a sizzling porterhouse: a sight to behold and, better yet, devour. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "Seek and ye shall find plenty of excuses to explore Seven Reasons," 11 Sep. 2019

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The first, The Foundation, presumably fleshes out the area below The Oldest House—a setting barely touched upon in the main game. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Civilization reproduced in Excel, Control teases an Alan Wake expansion," 13 Sep. 2019 Theoretically, the documentation problem should be solved over time as the site gets better fleshed out. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "InvizBox 2 redefines what “privacy” routers can do," 3 Sep. 2019 But over that skeleton of a story, Miller fleshes out a character that, in the hands of a lesser actress, may have seemed melodramatic at best, or sexist at worst. Michael O'sullivan, Twin Cities, "In ‘American Woman,’ Sienna Miller delivers a portrait of a woman forged by grief," 14 June 2019 The new video fleshes out this new persona even more, and features an opening cameo appearance by Tracee Ellis Ross to boot. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Tyler, the Creator Is a Modern Day Andy Warhol in His New Video," 17 May 2019 The new proposal fleshes that out, allowing some narrow exceptions, but says companies can’t broadly ban sharing of screenshots. Anna Wilde Mathews, WSJ, "New Rules Could Ease Patients’ Access to Their Own Health Records," 11 Feb. 2019 But Schulz soon began fleshing out his cast with more eccentric, more specific, more driven characters: Schroeder, piano prodigy and Beethoven superfan; Lucy, vain fussbudget and perpetually aggrieved scold; Linus, thumb-sucking philosopher. Bruce Handy, The Atlantic, "The Peanuts Characters Aren’t Ordinary Kids," 29 Aug. 2019 In 2016, Adams and other advisers met with Gillim for two days in Fairbanks in what Adams describes as an intensive time fleshing out the characters and their community. Rachel D'oro, Twin Cities, "Alaska indigenous girl leads animated kids TV show in U.S. first," 13 July 2019 In 2016, Adams and other advisers met with Gillim for two days in Fairbanks in what Adams describes as an intensive time fleshing out the characters and their community. Washington Post, "First US children’s series with Alaska Native lead kicks off," 8 July 2019

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First Known Use of flesh

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1530, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for flesh

Noun

Middle English, from Old English flǣsc; akin to Old High German fleisk flesh and perhaps to Old English flēan to flay — more at flay

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flesh

noun

English Language Learners Definition of flesh

: the soft parts of the body of an animal or person
: the skin of a person
: parts of an animal used as food

flesh

noun
\ ˈflesh How to pronounce flesh (audio) \

Kids Definition of flesh

1 : the soft parts of an animal's or person's body
2 : the part of an animal that is eaten : meat
3 : a soft edible plant part an apple's white flesh

flesh

noun
\ ˈflesh How to pronounce flesh (audio) \

Medical Definition of flesh

: 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 visceral structures, bone, and integuments — see goose bumps, proud flesh

Other Words from flesh

fleshed \ ˈflesht How to pronounce fleshed (audio) \ adjective

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