Definitions for: Meal


[n] coarsely ground foodstuff; especially seeds of various cereal grasses or pulse
[n] the food served and eaten at one time



Webster (1913) Definition: Meal (m[=e]l), n. [OE. mele, AS. m[=ae]l part, portion,
portion of time; akin to E. meal a repast. Cf. Piecemeal.]
A part; a fragment; a portion. [Obs.]


Meal, n. [OE. mel; akin to E. meal a part, and to D. maal
time, meal, G. mal time, mahl meal, Icel. m[=a]l measure,
time, meal, Goth. m[=e]l time, and to E. measure. See
Measure.]
The portion of food taken at a particular time for the
satisfaction of appetite; the quantity usually taken at one
time with the purpose of satisfying hunger; a repast; the act
or time of eating a meal; as, the traveler has not eaten a
good meal for a week; there was silence during the meal.

What strange fish Hath made his meal on thee ? --Shak.


Meal, n. [OE. mele, AS. melu, melo; akin to D. meel, G.
mehl, OHG. melo, Icel. mj["o]l, SW. mj["o]l, Dan. meel, also
to D. malen to grind, G. mahlen, OHG., OS., & Goth. malan,
Icel. mala, W. malu, L. molere, Gr. my`lh mill, and E. mill.
[root]108. Cf. Mill, Mold soil, Mole an animal,
Immolate, Molar.]
1. Grain (esp. maize, rye, or oats) that is coarsely ground
and unbolted; also, a kind of flour made from beans,
pease, etc.; sometimes, any flour, esp. if coarse.

2. Any substance that is coarsely pulverized like meal, but
not granulated.

Meal beetle (Zo["o]l.), the adult of the meal worm. See
Meal worm, below.

Meal moth (Zo["o]l.), a lepidopterous insect ({Asopia
farinalis}), the larv[ae] of which feed upon meal, flour,
etc.

Meal worm (Zo["o]l.), the larva of a beetle ({Tenebrio
molitor}) which infests granaries, bakehouses, etc., and
is very injurious to flour and meal.


Meal, v. t.
1. To sprinkle with, or as with, meal. --Shak.

2. To pulverize; as, mealed powder.

Synonyms: repast

See Also: afternoon tea, aliment, alimentation, banquet, bite, breakfast, brunch, buffet, collation, cornmeal, course, dejeuner, dinner, dish, farina, feast, food product, foodstuff, helping, Indian meal, kibble, lunch, luncheon, matzah meal, matzo meal, matzoh meal, mess, nosh, nosh-up, nourishment, nutriment, nutrition, oatmeal, pea flour, picnic, ploughman's lunch, portion, potluck, refection, rolled oats, sandwich, serving, side dish, snack, square meal, supper, sustenance, tea, teatime, tiffin, victuals

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