cheese

Cheese is a dairy product that's made from milk solids. Many delicious foods are made even more delicious with melted cheese, including pizza and nachos.

Cheese is made from the milk of cows, goats, sheep, or buffalo, and it's acidified before the solids are separated and pressed. There are many kinds of cheese, ranging from soft, spreadable cream cheese to hard parmesan. An old fashioned meaning of cheese is "stop" — you might say, "Cheese it!" This comes from 1800s thieves' slang, while the instruction a photographer gives, "Say cheese!" dates from the early 20th century.

Definitions of cheese
  1. noun
    a solid food prepared from the pressed curd of milk
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    cream cheese
    soft unripened cheese made of sweet milk and cream
    triple cream, triple creme
    fresh soft French cheese containing at least 72% fat
    cottage cheese, farm cheese, farmer's cheese, pot cheese
    mild white cheese made from curds of soured skim milk
    process cheese, processed cheese
    made by blending several lots of cheese
    bleu, blue cheese
    cheese containing a blue mold
    Brie
    soft creamy white cheese; milder than Camembert
    brick cheese
    semisoft sweet American cheese from whole milk in a brick form
    Camembert
    rich soft creamy French cheese
    American cheese, Armerican cheddar, cheddar, cheddar cheese
    hard smooth-textured cheese; originally made in Cheddar in southwestern England
    Cheshire cheese
    a mild yellow English cheese with a crumbly texture
    double Gloucester
    a smooth firm mild orange-red cheese
    Edam
    mild yellow Dutch cheese made in balls encased in a red covering
    chevre, goat cheese
    made from goats' milk
    Gouda, Gouda cheese
    mild cream-colored Dutch cheese shaped in balls
    grated cheese
    hard or semihard cheese grated
    hand cheese
    any cheese originally molded by hand
    Liederkranz
    a soft cheese with a strong odor and flavor
    Limburger
    a soft white cheese with a very strong pungent odor and flavor
    mozzarella
    mild white Italian cheese
    Muenster
    semisoft pale-yellow cheese
    Parmesan
    hard dry sharp-flavored Italian cheese; often grated
    quark, quark cheese
    fresh unripened cheese of a smooth texture made from pasteurized milk, a starter, and rennet
    ricotta
    soft Italian cheese like cottage cheese
    string cheese
    cheese formed in long strings twisted together
    Swiss cheese
    hard pale yellow cheese with many holes from Switzerland
    Velveeta
    trademark: soft processed American cheese
    double cream
    fresh soft French cheese containing at least 60% fat
    mascarpone
    soft mild Italian cream cheese
    Stilton
    English blue cheese
    Roquefort
    French blue cheese
    gorgonzola
    Italian blue cheese
    Danish blue
    blue cheese of Denmark
    Bavarian blue
    blue cheese of Bavaria
    rat cheese, store cheese
    informal names for American cheddar
    Emmental, Emmentaler, Emmenthal, Emmenthaler
    Swiss cheese with large holes
    Gruyere
    Swiss cheese with small holes
    sapsago
    a hard green Swiss cheese made with skim-milk curd and flavored with clover
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    food, solid food
    any solid substance (as opposed to liquid) that is used as a source of nourishment
    dairy product
    milk and butter and cheese
  2. verb
    used in the imperative (get away, or stop it)
    Cheese it!”
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    cease, discontinue, give up, lay off, quit, stop
    put an end to a state or an activity
  3. noun
    erect or decumbent Old World perennial with axillary clusters of rosy-purple flowers; introduced in United States
    synonyms: Malva sylvestris, cheeseflower, high mallow, tall mallow
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    mallow
    any of various plants of the family Malvaceae
  4. verb
    wind onto a cheese
    cheese the yarn”
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    spool
    wind onto a spool or a reel
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