Eat

Definition of Eat

Pronunciation: ēt
v. t.1.To chew and swallow as food; to devour; - said especially of food not liquid; as, to eat bread.
[imp. Ate (āt; 277), Obsolescent & Colloq. Eat (ĕt); p. p. Eaten (ēt"'n), Obs. or Colloq. Eat (ĕt); p. pr. & vb. n. Eating.]
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).
To eat one's words
to retract what one has said. (See the Citation under Blurt.
- Keble.
To eat out
to consume completely.
To eat the wind out of a vessel
(Naut.) to gain slowly to windward of her.
- Tillotson.
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 make way by corrosion; to gnaw; to consume.
To eat to windward
(Naut.) to keep the course when closehauled with but little steering; - said of a vessel.
- Byron.

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