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WordNet 2.0
  • 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"
  • 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"
  • 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"
  • take in solid food
  • "She was eating a banana"
  • "What did you eat for dinner last night?"
  • take in food
  • used of animals only
  • "This dog doesn''t eat certain kinds of meat"
  • "What do whales eat?"
  • worry or cause anxiety in a persistent way
  • "What''s eating you?"
eat
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
  • 1. To chew and swallow as food; to devour; -- said especially of food not liquid; as, to eat bread. "To eat grass as oxen." Dan. iv. 25.

    "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.

  • 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 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.

 

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Francis Bacon
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