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.

"To eat 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. Milton.

The island princes overbold Have eat our substance. Tennyson.

His wretched estate is eaten up with mortgages. Thackeray.


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 ininto, 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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