Eat Eating.] [OE. eten, AS. etan; akin to OS. etan, OFries. eta, D. eten, OHG. ezzan, G. essen, Icel. eta, Sw. ata, Dan. aede, Goth. itan, Ir. & Gael. ith, W. ysu, L. edere, Gr. , Skr. ad. . Cf. Etch, Fret to rub, Edible.]
To chew and swallow as food; to devour; -- said especially of food not liquid; as, to eat bread.
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 junkets eat.
The island princes overbold
Have eat our substance.
His wretched estate is eaten up with mortgages.
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.
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Eat, v. i.
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.
To taste or relish; as, it eats like tender beef.
To make one's way slowly.
To eat, To eat in ∨ 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.
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