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Meaning of MEAL

Pronunciation:  meel

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  coarsely ground foodstuff; especially seeds of various cereal grasses or pulse
  2. [n]  the food served and eaten at one time

MEAL is a 4 letter word that starts with M.


 Synonyms: repast
 See Also: afternoon tea, aliment, alimentation, banquet, bite, breakfast, brunch, buffet, collation, cornmeal, course, dejeuner, dinner, dish, farina, feast, food product, foodstuff, helping, Indian meal, kibble, lunch, luncheon, matzah meal, matzo meal, matzoh meal, mess, nosh, nosh-up, nourishment, nutriment, nutrition, oatmeal, pea flour, picnic, ploughman's lunch, portion, potluck, refection, rolled oats, sandwich, serving, side dish, snack, square meal, supper, sustenance, tea, teatime, tiffin, victuals



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Meal\ (m[=e]l), n. [OE. mele, AS. m[=ae]l part, portion,
    portion of time; akin to E. meal a repast. Cf. {Piecemeal}.]
    A part; a fragment; a portion. [Obs.]
  2. \Meal\, n. [OE. mel; akin to E. meal a part, and to D. maal
    time, meal, G. mal time, mahl meal, Icel. m[=a]l measure,
    time, meal, Goth. m[=e]l time, and to E. measure. See
    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. \Meal\, n. [OE. mele, AS. melu, melo; akin to D. meel, G.
    mehl, OHG. melo, Icel. mj["o]l, SW. mj["o]l, Dan. meel, also
    to D. malen to grind, G. mahlen, OHG., OS., & Goth. malan,
    Icel. mala, W. malu, L. molere, Gr. my`lh mill, and E. mill.
    [root]108. Cf. {Mill}, {Mold} soil, {Mole} an animal,
    {Immolate}, {Molar}.]
    1. 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.
    2. Any substance that is coarsely pulverized like meal, but
       not granulated.
    {Meal beetle} (Zo["o]l.), the adult of the meal worm. See
       {Meal worm}, below.
    {Meal moth} (Zo["o]l.), a lepidopterous insect ({Asopia
       farinalis}), the larv[ae] of which feed upon meal, flour,
    {Meal worm} (Zo["o]l.), the larva of a beetle ({Tenebrio
       molitor}) which infests granaries, bakehouses, etc., and
       is very injurious to flour and meal.
  4. \Meal\, v. t.
    1. To sprinkle with, or as with, meal. --Shak.
    2. To pulverize; as, mealed powder.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing meals in your dream means that you dwell too much on trivial matters and it will divert your attention from more important engagements and matters.
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