Webster 1913 Edition
Food, in general; anything eaten for nourishment, either by man or beast. Hence, the edible part of anything;
meatof a lobster, a nut, or an egg
And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, . . . to you it shall be for
Gen. i. 29.
Every moving thing that liveth shall be
Gen. ix. 3.
The flesh of animals used as food; esp., animal muscle;
as, a breakfast of bread and fruit without.
Dinner; the chief meal.
Flesh fly, under
an offering of food, esp. of a cake made of flour with salt and oil.–
To go to meat,
to go to a meal.
To sit at meat,
to sit at the table in taking food.
To supply with food.
His shield well lined, his horses
Webster 1828 Edition
1.Food in general; any thing eaten for nourishment, either by man or beast.
And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb--to you it shall be for meat. Gen.1.
Every moving thing that liveth, shall be meat for you.
Thy carcass shall be meat to all fowls of the air.
2.The flesh of animals used as food. This is now the more usual sense of the word. The meat of carnivorous animals is tough, coarse and ill flavored. The meat of herbivorous animals is generally palatable.
3.In Scripture, spiritual food; that which sustains and nourishes spiritual life or holiness.
My flesh is meat indeed. John.6.
4.Spiritual comfort; that which delights the soul.
My meat is to do the will of him that sent me. John.4.
5.Products of the earth proper for food. Hab.3.
6.The more abstruse doctrines of the gospel, or mysteries of religion. Heb.5.
7.Ceremonial ordinances. Heb.13.
To sit at meat, to sit or recline at the table.