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  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Eat  \Eat\  ([=e]t),  v.  t.  [imp.  {Ate}  ([=a]t;  277),  Obsolescent  & 
  Colloq.  {Eat}  ([e^]t);  p.  p.  {Eaten}  ([=e]t"'n),  Obs.  or 
  Colloq.  {Eat}  ([e^]t);  p.  pr  &  vb  n.  {Eating}.]  [OE.  eten, 
  AS  etan;  akin  to  OS  etan,  OFries  eta,  D.  eten,  OHG.  ezzan 
  G.  essen,  Icel.  eta,  Sw  ["a]ta,  Dan.  [ae]de,  Goth.  itan,  Ir 
  &  Gael.  ith,  W.  ysu,  L.  edere,  Gr  'e`dein,  Skr.  ad  [root]6. 
  Cf  {Etch},  {Fret}  to  rub,  {Edible}.] 
  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. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Eat  \Eat\,  v.  i. 
  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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  eat 
  v  1:  take  in  solid  food;  "She  was  eating  a  banana";  "What  did  you 
  eat  for  dinner  last  night?" 
  2:  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  fo  I  gladly  accept  your  invitation" 
  3:  take  in  food;  used  of  animals  only:  "This  dog  doesn't  eat 
  certain  kinds  of  meat";  "What  do  whales  eat?"  [syn:  {feed}] 
  4:  use  up  as  of  resources  or  materials;  "this  car  consumes  a 
  lot  of  gas";  "We  exhausted  our  savings";  "They  run  through 
  20  bottles  of  wine  a  week"  [syn:  {consume},  {eat  up},  {use 
  up},  {deplete},  {exhaust},  {run  through},  {wipe  out}] 
  5:  worry  or  cause  anxiety  in  a  persistent  way:  "What's  eating 
  you?"  [syn:  {eat  on}] 
  6:  cause  to  rust;  "The  acid  corroded  the  metal"  [syn:  {corrode}, 
  {rust}] 
 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
 
  EAT,  v.i.  To  perform  successively  (and  successfully)  the  functions  of 
  mastication,  humectation,  and  deglutition. 
  "I  was  in  the  drawing-room,  enjoying  my  dinner,"  said  Brillat- 
  Savarin,  beginning  an  anecdote.  "What!"  interrupted  Rochebriant 
  "eating  dinner  in  a  drawing-room?"  "I  must  beg  you  to  observe, 
  monsieur,"  explained  the  great  gastronome,  "that  I  did  not  say  I  was 
  eating  my  dinner,  but  enjoying  it  I  had  dined  an  hour  before." 
 
 




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