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  7  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Feast  \Feast\  (f[=e]st),  n.  [OE.  feste  festival,  holiday,  feast, 
  OF  feste  festival,  F.  f[^e]te,  fr  L.  festum,  pl  festa,  fr 
  festus  joyful,  festal;  of  uncertain  origin.  Cf  {Fair},  n., 
  {Festal},  {F[^e]te}.] 
  1.  A  festival;  a  holiday;  a  solemn,  or  more  commonly,  a 
  joyous,  anniversary. 
 
  The  seventh  day  shall  be  a  feast  to  the  Lord.  --Ex. 
  xiii.  6. 
 
  Now  his  parents  went  to  Jerusalem  every  year  at  the 
  feast  of  the  passover.  --Luke  ii  41. 
 
  Note:  Ecclesiastical  fasts  are  called  immovable  when  they 
  always  occur  on  the  same  day  of  the  year;  otherwise 
  they  are  called  movable. 
 
  2.  A  festive  or  joyous  meal;  a  grand,  ceremonious,  or 
  sumptuous  entertainment,  of  which  many  guests  partake;  a 
  banquet  characterized  by  tempting  variety  and  abundance  of 
  food. 
 
  Enough  is  as  good  as  a  feast.  --Old  Proverb. 
 
  Belshazzar  the  King  made  a  great  feast  to  a  thousand 
  of  his  lords.  --Dan.  v.  1. 
 
  3.  That  which  is  partaken  of  or  shared  in  with  delight; 
  something  highly  agreeable;  entertainment. 
 
  The  feast  of  reason,  and  the  flow  of  soul.  --Pope. 
 
  {Feast  day},  a  holiday;  a  day  set  as  a  solemn  commemo?ative 
  festival. 
 
  Syn:  Entertainment;  regale;  banquet;  treat;  carousal; 
  festivity;  festival. 
 
  Usage:  {Feast},  {Banquet},  {Festival},  {Carousal}.  A  feast 
  sets  before  us  viands  superior  in  quantity,  variety, 
  and  abudance;  a  banquet  is  a  luxurious  feast;  a 
  festival  is  the  joyful  celebration  by  good  cheer  of 
  some  agreeable  event.  Carousal  is  unrestrained 
  indulgence  in  frolic  and  drink. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Feast  \Feast\,  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Feasted};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Feasting}.]  [OE.  festen,  cf  OF  fester  to  rest  from  work 
  F.  f[^e]ter  to  celebrate  a  holiday.  See  {Feast},  n.] 
  1.  To  eat  sumptuously;  to  dine  or  sup  on  rich  provisions, 
  particularly  in  large  companies,  and  on  public  festivals. 
 
  And  his  sons  went  and  feasted  in  their  houses. 
  --Job.  i.  4. 
 
  2.  To  be  highly  gratified  or  delighted. 
 
  With  my  love's  picture  then  my  eye  doth  feast. 
  --Shak. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Feast  \Feast\,  v.  t. 
  1.  To  entertain  with  sumptuous  provisions;  to  treat  at  the 
  table  bountifully;  as  he  was  feasted  by  the  king. 
  --Hayward. 
 
  2.  To  delight;  to  gratify;  as  to  feast  the  soul. 
 
  Feast  your  ears  with  the  music  a  while  --Shak. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  feast 
  n  1:  a  ceremonial  dinner  party  for  many  people  [syn:  {banquet}] 
  2:  something  experienced  with  great  delight;  "a  feast  for  the 
  eyes" 
  3:  an  organized  series  of  acts  and  performances  [syn:  {festival}, 
  {fiesta},  {fete}] 
  4:  a  meal  that  is  well  prepared  and  greatly  enjoyed:  "a  banquet 
  for  the  graduating  seniors";  "the  Thanksgiving  feast" 
  [syn:  {banquet}] 
  v  1:  partake  in  a  feast  or  banquet  [syn:  {banquet},  {junket}] 
  2:  provide  a  feast  or  banquet  for  [syn:  {banquet},  {junket}] 
  3:  gratify;  "feed  one's  eye  on  a  gorgeous  view"  [syn:  {feed}] 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Feast 
  as  a  mark  of  hospitality  (Gen.  19:3;  2  Sam.  3:20;  2  Kings  6:23); 
  on  occasions  of  domestic  joy  (Luke  15:23;  Gen.  21:8);  on 
  birthdays  (Gen.  40:20;  Job  1:4;  Matt.  14:6);  and  on  the  occasion 
  of  a  marriage  (Judg.  14:10;  Gen.  29:22). 
 
  Feasting  was  a  part  of  the  observances  connected  with  the 
  offering  up  of  sacrifices  (Deut.  12:6,  7;  1  Sam.  9:19;  16:3,  5), 
  and  with  the  annual  festivals  (Deut.  16:11).  "It  was  one  of  the 
  designs  of  the  greater  solemnities,  which  required  the 
  attendance  of  the  people  at  the  sacred  tent,  that  the  oneness  of 
  the  nation  might  be  maintained  and  cemented  together,  by 
  statedly  congregating  in  one  place  and  with  one  soul  taking 
  part  in  the  same  religious  services.  But  that  oneness  was 
  primarily  and  chiefly  a  religious  and  not  merely  a  political 
  one  the  people  were  not  merely  to  meet  as  among  themselves,  but 
  with  Jehovah,  and  to  present  themselves  before  him  as  one  body; 
  the  meeting  was  in  its  own  nature  a  binding  of  themselves  in 
  fellowship  with  Jehovah;  so  that  it  was  not  politics  and 
  commerce  that  had  here  to  do  but  the  soul  of  the  Mosaic 
  dispensation,  the  foundation  of  the  religious  and  political 
  existence  of  Israel,  the  covenant  with  Jehovah.  To  keep  the 
  people's  consciousness  alive  to  this  to  revive,  strengthen,  and 
  perpetuate  it  nothing  could  be  so  well  adapated  as  these  annual 
  feasts."  (See  {FESTIVALS}.) 
 
 
  From  V.E.R.A.  --  Virtual  Entity  of  Relevant  Acronyms  13  March  2001  [vera]: 
 
  FEAST 
  Fast  Data  Enciphering  Algorithm  (cryptography) 
 
 
 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
 
  FEAST,  n.  A  festival.  A  religious  celebration  usually  signalized  by 
  gluttony  and  drunkenness,  frequently  in  honor  of  some  holy  person 
  distinguished  for  abstemiousness.  In  the  Roman  Catholic  Church 
  feasts  are  movable"  and  "immovable,"  but  the  celebrants  are  uniformly 
  immovable  until  they  are  full.  In  their  earliest  development  these 
  entertainments  took  the  form  of  feasts  for  the  dead;  such  were  held  by 
  the  Greeks,  under  the  name  _Nemeseia_,  by  the  Aztecs  and  Peruvians, 
  as  in  modern  times  they  are  popular  with  the  Chinese;  though  it  is 
  believed  that  the  ancient  dead,  like  the  modern,  were  light  eaters. 
  Among  the  many  feasts  of  the  Romans  was  the  _Novemdiale_,  which  was 
  held,  according  to  Livy,  whenever  stones  fell  from  heaven. 
 
 




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