Definition of food
1a : material consisting essentially of protein, carbohydrate, and fat used in the body of an organism to sustain growth, repair, and vital processes and to furnish energy; also : such food together with supplementary substances (such as minerals, vitamins, and condiments) drought victims who don't have enough food to eatb : inorganic substances absorbed by plants in gaseous form or in water solution
2 : nutriment in solid form She gave food and drink to the hungry travelers.
3 : something that nourishes, sustains, or supplies food for thought Books were his mental food.
foodlessplay \ˈfüd-ləs\ adjective
Examples of food in a Sentence
a farmer who grows his own food
drought victims who don't have enough food to eat
She gave food and drink to the hungry travelers.
What is your favorite food?
fruits, vegetables, and other healthy foods
Recent Examples of food from the Web
The EU, the world’s largest cheese exporter, predicts the deal would result in an additional 10 billion euros ($11.4 billion) in exports of processed food, including meat and dairy products, to Japan.
Families of military, veterans, fire, EMS, LEO, nurses and teachers can celebrate with free food, drinks and games, bounce houses, face painting and a DJ from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Alligator Pavillion at Okeeheelee Park, 7715 Forest Hill Blvd.
About four months ago, the Orlando Sentinel created a new food-centric Instagram account: orlando.foodie.
Iraqi soldiers maintaining a siege prevent aid workers from getting food to those inside.
Village Commons, 120 Veterans Parkway; www.newlenox.net/pView.aspx?id=54049&catid=529 Relax to live music by 95th Street Band and enjoy treats from Ofrenda and The Cookout On Wheels food trucks.
There was no difference in the animals’ food consumption.
The event also includes a slew of band performances, food, art, and workshops.
THE FEAR: Bits of Teflon will migrate to your food and poison you.
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Origin and Etymology of food
Middle English fode, from Old English fōda; akin to Old High German fuotar food, fodder, Latin panis bread, pascere to feed
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
FOOD Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of food for English Language Learners
: the things that people and animals eat
: a particular kind of food
: substances taken in by plants and used for growth
FOOD Defined for Kids
Definition of food for Students
1 : the material that people and animals eat : material containing carbohydrates, fats, proteins, and supplements (as minerals and vitamins) that is taken in by and used in the living body for growth and repair and as a source of energy for activities
2 : inorganic substances (as nitrate and carbon dioxide) taken in by green plants and used to build organic nutrients
3 : organic materials (as sugar and starch) formed by plants and used in their growth and activities
4 : solid food as distinguished from drink
Medical Definition of food
1: material consisting essentially of protein, carbohydrate, and fat used in the body of an organism to sustain growth, repair, and vital processes and to furnish energy; also : such material together with supplementary substances (as minerals, vitamins, and condiments)
2: nutriment in solid form
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