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MEAL, n.

1. A portion of food taken at one time; a repast. It is customary in the U. States to eat three meals in a day. The principal meal of our ancestors was dinner, at noon.

2. A part; a fragment; in the word piece-meal.

MEAL, n. [L. mola, mollis; Eng.mellow.]

1. The substance of edible grain ground to fine particles, and not bolted or sifted. Meal primarily includes the bran as well as the flour. Since bolting has been generally practiced, the word meal is not generally applied to the finer part, or flour, at least in the United States, though I believe it is sometimes so used. In New England, meal is now usually applied to ground maiz, whether bolted or unbolted, called Indian meal, or corn-meal. The words wheat-meal,and rye-meal are rarely used,though not wholly extinct; and meal occurs also in oatmeal.

2. Flour; the finer part of pulverized grain.

[This sense is now uncommon.]

MEAL, v.t. To sprinkle with meal, or to mix meal with. [Little used.]




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MEAL, n.

1. A portion of food taken at one time; a repast. It is customary in the U. States to eat three meals in a day. The principal meal of our ancestors was dinner, at noon.

2. A part; a fragment; in the word piece-meal.

MEAL, n. [L. mola, mollis; Eng.mellow.]

1. The substance of edible grain ground to fine particles, and not bolted or sifted. Meal primarily includes the bran as well as the flour. Since bolting has been generally practiced, the word meal is not generally applied to the finer part, or flour, at least in the United States, though I believe it is sometimes so used. In New England, meal is now usually applied to ground maiz, whether bolted or unbolted, called Indian meal, or corn-meal. The words wheat-meal,and rye-meal are rarely used,though not wholly extinct; and meal occurs also in oatmeal.

2. Flour; the finer part of pulverized grain.

[This sense is now uncommon.]

MEAL, v.t. To sprinkle with meal, or to mix meal with. [Little used.]


MEAL, n.1 [Sax. mæl, a part or portion; D. maal; G. mahl; probably from breaking. See the next word.]

  1. A portion of food taken at one time; a repast. It is customary in the United States to eat three meals in a day. The principal meal of our ancestors was dinner, at noon.
  2. A part; a fragment; in the word piece-meal.

MEAL, n.2 [Sax. mealewe, melewe; G. mehl; Sw. miöl; Dan. and D. meel; G. mehlicht, mealy, mellow; W. mâl, bruised, ground, smooth. This word seems to be allied to mill, L. mola, and to L. mollis, Eng. mellow. The radical sense is probably to break, comminute, or grind to fine particles, and hence the sense of softness; or the sense of softness may be from yielding or smoothness, and the verb may be from the noun.]

  1. The substance of edible grain ground to fine particles, and not bolted or sifted. Meal primarily, includes the bran as well as the flour. Since bolting has been generally practiced, the word meal is not generally applied to the finer part, or flour, at least in the United States, though I believe it is sometimes so used. In New England, meal is now usually applied to ground maiz, whether bolted or unbolted, called Indian meal or corn-meal. The words wheat-meal and rye-meal are rarely used, though not wholly extinct; and meal occurs also in oatmeal.
  2. Flour; the finer part of pulverized grain. [This sense is now uncommon.]

MEAL, v.t.

To sprinkle with meal, or to mix meal with. [Little used.]


Meal
  1. A part; a fragment; a portion.

    [Obs.]
  2. 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.

  3. 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.
  4. To sprinkle with, or as with, meal.

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

    Meal beetle (Zoöl.), the adult of the meal worm. See Meal worm, below. -- Meal moth (Zoöl.), a lepidopterous insect (Asopia farinalis), the larvæ of which feed upon meal, flour, etc. -- Meal worm (Zoöl.), the larva of a beetle (Tenebrio molitor) which infests granaries, bakehouses, etc., and is very injurious to flour and meal.

  6. To pulverize; as, mealed powder.
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Meal

MEAL, noun

1. A portion of food taken at one time; a repast. It is customary in the U. States to eat three meals in a day. The principal meal of our ancestors was dinner, at noon.

2. A part; a fragment; in the word piece-meal.

MEAL, noun [Latin mola, mollis; Eng.mellow.]

1. The substance of edible grain ground to fine particles, and not bolted or sifted. meal primarily includes the bran as well as the flour. Since bolting has been generally practiced, the word meal is not generally applied to the finer part, or flour, at least in the United States, though I believe it is sometimes so used. In New England, meal is now usually applied to ground maiz, whether bolted or unbolted, called Indian meal or corn-meal. The words wheat-meal, and rye-meal are rarely used, though not wholly extinct; and meal occurs also in oatmeal.

2. Flour; the finer part of pulverized grain.

[This sense is now uncommon.]

MEAL, verb transitive To sprinkle with meal or to mix meal with. [Little used.]

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