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meal

EN[miːl] [-iːl]
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  • A meal is an eating occasion that takes place at a certain time and includes specific, prepared food, or the food eaten on that occasion.
  • Meals occur primarily at homes, restaurants, and cafeterias, but may occur anywhere. Regular meals occur on a daily basis, typically several times a day.
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    Definition of meal in English Dictionary

  • NounPLmealsPREmé-SUF-meal
    1. Food that is prepared and eaten, usually at a specific time (e.g. breakfast = morning meal, lunch = noon meal, etc), and usually in a comparatively large quantity (as opposed to a snack, which is a comparatively small quantity of food).
      1. Energy has seldom been found where we need it when we want it. Ancient nomads, wishing to ward off the evening chill and enjoy a meal around a campfire, had to collect wood and then spend time and effort coaxing the heat of friction out from between sticks to kindle a flame. With more settled people, animals were harnessed to capstans or caged in treadmills to turn grist into meal.
    2. Food served or eaten as a repast.
      1. Last spring, the periodical cicadas emerged across eastern North America. Their vast numbers and short above-ground life spans inspired awe and irritation in humans—and made for good meals for birds and small mammals.
    3. The coarse-ground edible part of various grains often used to feed animals; flour.
      1. Ancient nomads, wishing to ward off the evening chill and enjoy a meal around a campfire, had to collect wood and then spend time and effort coaxing the heat of friction out from between sticks to kindle a flame. With more settled people, animals were harnessed to capstans or caged in treadmills to turn grist into meal.
    4. (Britain dialectal) A speck or spot.
      1. A part; a fragment; a portion.
      2. VerbSGmealsPRmealingPT, PPmealed
        1. VT To defile or taint.
          1. Were he meal'd with that / Which he corrects, than were he tyrannous. ― Shakespeare.
      3. More Examples
        1. Used in the Middle of Sentence
          • The reason for equivalization is to allow for household economies of scale–for example, cooking a meal for four people costs less than cooking four separate meals for one person.
          • Smooth-footed, deft-handed waiters ministered to the table. Toast Melba, butter, an ice pail, all the adjuncts to a meal of quality.
          • The infectious meal was prepared with fresh washed bovine red cells, viral supernatant (1:2) and adenosine triphosphate at 5 mM as phagostimulant.
        2. Used in the Ending of Sentence
          • You can go here for Turkish coffee and terrific desserts — the kadayif, a crisp, syrupy shredded-wheat cake, is incredible — or for a good complete meal.
          • The two men found the three women destringing freshly picked bush beans for the evening meal.
          • Those diners were left to guess, or rather to underguess by an average 600 calories per meal.
      • Part-of-Speech Hierarchy
        1. Nouns
          • Countable nouns
            • Singularia tantum
              • Uncountable nouns
            • Verbs
              • Transitive verbs
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            Meaning of meal for the defined word.

            Grammatically, this word "meal" is a noun, more specifically, a countable noun and a singularia tantum. It's also a verb, more specifically, a transitive verb.
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