Food is anything that you can eat and digest. Your body needs food to grow and live.

Some people love pizza, others love Thai food, and many can't get enough fruits and vegetables. Everything served at a restaurant is some kind of food — you eat it, digest it, and poop it out. Just because you can chew and swallow something doesn't make it food — try eating a crayon. To be food, it has to have nutritional value. Along with water and shelter, food is something you need to survive.

Definitions of food
  1. noun
    any substance that can be metabolized by an animal to give energy and build tissue
    synonyms: nutrient
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    vitellus, yolk
    nutritive material of an ovum stored for the nutrition of an embryo (especially the yellow mass of a bird or reptile egg)
    comfort food
    food that is simply prepared and gives a sense of wellbeing; typically food with a high sugar or carbohydrate content that is associated with childhood or with home cooking
    comestible, eatable, edible, pabulum, victual, victuals
    any substance that can be used as food
    the food and drink that are regularly served or consumed
    food product, foodstuff
    a substance that can be used or prepared for use as food
    aliment, alimentation, nourishment, nutriment, nutrition, sustenance, victuals
    a source of materials to nourish the body
    commissariat, provender, provisions, viands, victuals
    a stock or supply of foods
    feed, provender
    food for domestic livestock
    manna, manna from heaven, miraculous food
    (Old Testament) food that God gave the Israelites during the Exodus
    beverage, drink, drinkable, potable
    any liquid suitable for drinking
    a liquid necessary for the life of most animals and plants
    soul food
    food traditionally eaten by African-Americans in the South
    a substance needed only in small amounts for normal body function (e.g., vitamins or minerals)
    a semiliquid mass of partially digested food that passes from the stomach through the pyloric sphincter into the duodenum
    culture medium, medium
    (bacteriology) a nutrient substance (solid or liquid) that is used to cultivate micro-organisms
    produced by mammary glands of female mammals for feeding their young
    eatables (especially sweets)
    part of a meal served at one time
    dainty, delicacy, goody, kickshaw, treat
    something considered choice to eat
    a particular item of prepared food
    fast food
    inexpensive food (hamburgers or chicken or milkshakes) prepared and served quickly
    finger food
    food to be eaten with the fingers
    solid and liquid nourishment taken into the body through the mouth
    food that fulfills the requirements of Jewish dietary law
    the usual food and drink consumed by an organism (person or animal)
    a prescribed selection of foods
    a regulated daily food allowance
    the dishes making up a meal
    chow, chuck, eats, grub
    informal terms for a meal
    board, table
    food or meals in general
    the food allowance for one day (especially for service personnel)
    foodstuff rich in natural starch (especially potatoes, rice, bread)
    flour or meal or grain used in baking bread
    coloring, colouring, food color, food coloring, food colour, food colouring
    a digestible substance used to give color to food
    a concentrated form of a foodstuff; the bulk is reduced by removing water
    coarsely ground foodstuff; especially seeds of various cereal grasses or pulse
    fiber, fibre, roughage
    coarse, indigestible plant food low in nutrients; its bulk stimulates intestinal peristalsis
    fine powdery foodstuff obtained by grinding and sifting the meal of a cereal grain
    blood meal
    the dried and powdered blood of animals
    corn gluten feed
    a feed consisting primarily of corn gluten
    food cache
    food in a secure or hidden storage place
    a supply of food especially for a household
    frozen food, frozen foods
    food preserved by freezing
    canned food, canned foods, canned goods, tinned goods
    food preserved by canning
    dehydrated food, dehydrated foods
    food preserved by dehydration
    meal, repast
    the food served and eaten at one time
    Saint-John's-bread, carob, carob powder
    powder from the ground seeds and pods of the carob tree; used as a chocolate substitute
    granular preparation of cassava starch used to thicken especially puddings
    soft semiliquid food
    food chopped into small bits
    food prepared by cooking and straining or processed in a blender
    powder of ground roasted cacao beans with most of the fat removed
    cattle cake
    a concentrated feed for cattle; processed in the form of blocks or cakes
    creep feed
    feed given to young animals isolated in a creep
    coarse food (especially for livestock) composed of entire plants or the leaves and stalks of a cereal crop
    feed grain
    grain grown for cattle feed
    ensilage, silage
    fodder harvested while green and kept succulent by partial fermentation as in a silo
    oil cake
    mass of e.g. linseed or cottonseed or soybean from which the oil has been pressed; used as food for livestock
    cereal, food grain, grain
    foodstuff prepared from the starchy grains of cereal grasses
    heavy and filling (and usually starchy) food
    wheat germ
    embryo of the wheat kernel; removed before milling and eaten as a source of vitamins
    pigswill, pigwash, slop, slops, swill
    wet feed (especially for pigs) consisting of mostly kitchen waste mixed with water or skimmed or sour milk
    mixture of ground animal feeds
    cud, rechewed food
    food of a ruminant regurgitated to be chewed again
    bird feed, bird food, birdseed
    food given to birds; usually mixed seeds
    pet food, pet-food, petfood
    food prepared for animal pets
    nuts of forest trees used as feed for swine
    fixings, ingredient
    food that is a component of a mixture in cooking
    egg, eggs
    oval reproductive body of a fowl (especially a hen) used as food
    dairy product
    milk and butter and cheese
    a white nutritious liquid secreted by mammals and used as food by human beings
    any of several nutritive milklike liquids
    a coagulated liquid resembling milk curd
    any thin watery drink
    concoction, intermixture, mixture
    any foodstuff made by combining different ingredients
    a medicinal or magical or poisonous beverage
    alcohol, alcoholic beverage, alcoholic drink, inebriant, intoxicant
    a liquor or brew containing alcohol as the active agent
    honey diluted in water; becomes mead when fermented
    wine mixed with honey
    near beer
    drink that resembles beer but with less than 1/2 percent alcohol
    ginger beer
    carbonated slightly alcoholic drink flavored with fermented ginger
    club soda or fruit juice used to mix with alcohol
    an iced drink especially white wine and fruit juice
    a drink that refreshes
    a thick smooth drink consisting of fresh fruit pureed with ice cream or yoghurt or milk
    an effervescent beverage (usually alcoholic)
    cider, cyder
    a beverage made from juice pressed from apples
    chocolate, cocoa, drinking chocolate, hot chocolate
    a beverage made from cocoa powder and milk and sugar; usually drunk hot
    the liquid part that can be extracted from plant or animal tissue by squeezing or cooking
    fruit crush, fruit juice
    drink produced by squeezing or crushing fruit
    ade, fruit drink
    a sweetened beverage of diluted fruit juice
    South American tea-like drink made from leaves of a South American holly called mate
    soft drink
    nonalcoholic beverage (usually carbonated)
    coffee, java
    a beverage consisting of an infusion of ground coffee beans
    chai, tea
    a beverage made by steeping tea leaves in water
    tea-like drink
    a beverage that resembles tea but is not made from tea leaves
    branch water
    pure natural water from a stream or brook; often distinguished from soda water
    spring water
    water from a spring
    drinking water
    water suitable for drinking
    perishable, spoilable
    food that will decay rapidly if not refrigerated
    fish meal
    ground dried fish used as fertilizer and as feed for domestic livestock
    agar, nutrient agar
    any culture medium that uses agar as the gelling agent
    any of a group of organic substances essential in small quantities to normal metabolism
    type of:
    a particular kind or species of matter with uniform properties
  2. noun
    any solid substance (as opposed to liquid) that is used as a source of nourishment
    food and drink”
    synonyms: solid food
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    food remaining from a previous meal
    fresh food, fresh foods
    food that is not preserved by canning or dehydration or freezing or smoking
    convenience food
    any packaged dish or food that can be prepared quickly and easily as by thawing or heating
    a food made from roasted ground cacao beans
    baked goods
    foods (like breads and cakes and pastries) that are cooked in an oven
    a quantity of food (other than bread) formed in a particular shape
    the flesh of animals (including fishes and birds and snails) used as food
    alimentary paste, pasta
    shaped and dried dough made from flour and water and sometimes egg
    health food
    any natural or prepared food popularly believed to promote good health
    junk food
    food that tastes good but is high in calories having little nutritional value
    breakfast food
    any food (especially cereal) usually served for breakfast
    garden truck, green goods, green groceries, produce
    fresh fruits and vegetable grown for the market
    coconut, coconut meat
    the edible white meat of a coconut; often shredded for use in e.g. cakes and curries
    dika bread
    somewhat astringent paste prepared by grinding and heating seeds of the African wild mango; a staple food of some African peoples
    the flesh of fish used as food
    edible fish (broadly including freshwater fish) or shellfish or roe etc
    an edible emulsion of fat globules made by churning milk or cream; for cooking and table use
    yoghourt, yoghurt, yogurt
    a custard-like food made from curdled milk
    a solid food prepared from the pressed curd of milk
    (usually plural) weak or watery unappetizing food or drink
    TV dinner
    a meal that is prepared in advance and frozen; can be heated and served
    stew meat
    tough meat that needs stewing to be edible
    a commercial preparation containing most of the ingredients for a dish
    delicatessen, delicatessen food
    ready-to-eat food products
    takeaway, takeout, takeout food
    prepared food that is intended to be eaten off of the premises
    loaf sugar, sugar loaf, sugarloaf
    a large conical loaf of concentrated refined sugar
    baking chocolate, bitter chocolate, cooking chocolate
    pure unsweetened chocolate used in baking and icings and sauces and candy
    chocolate candy
    candy made with chocolate
    chocolate liquor
    the liquid or paste that is produced when cocoa beans are roasted and ground; the basis of all chocolate
    cocoa butter
    the vegetable fat from the cacao that is extracted from chocolate liquor; the basis for white chocolate
    cocoa powder
    the powdery remains of chocolate liquor after cocoa butter is removed; used in baking and in low fat and low calorie recipes and as a flavoring for ice cream
    bittersweet chocolate, dark chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate
    chocolate liquor with cocoa butter and small amounts of sugar and vanilla; lecithin is usually added
    chocolate that contains at least 32 percent cocoa butter
    milk chocolate
    chocolate made from chocolate liquor with sugar and cocoa butter and powdered milk solids and vanilla and (usually) lecithin; the most common form of chocolate for eating; used in chocolate candy and baking and coatings
    white chocolate
    a blend of cocoa butter and milk solids and sugar and vanilla; used in candy bars and baking and coatings; not technically chocolate because it contains no chocolate liquor
    frozen yogurt
    a soft frozen dessert of sweetened flavored yogurt
    any of various baked foods made of dough or batter
    baked goods made from or based on a mixture of flour, sugar, eggs, and fat
    pound cake
    rich loaf cake made of a pound each of butter and sugar and flour
    bird, fowl
    the flesh of a bird or fowl (wild or domestic) used as food
    the flesh of wild animals that is used for food
    dark meat
    the flesh of the legs of fowl used as food
    raw meat
    uncooked meat
    red meat
    meat that is dark in color before cooking (as beef, venison, lamb, mutton)
    organs, variety meat
    edible viscera of a butchered animal
    cut, cut of meat
    a piece of meat that has been cut from an animal carcass
    cold cuts
    sliced assorted cold meats
    beef, boeuf
    meat from an adult domestic bovine
    a piece of meat (or fish) that has been scored and broiled
    (Islam) meat from animals that have been slaughtered in the prescribed way according to the shariah
    jerk, jerked meat, jerky
    meat (especially beef) cut in strips and dried in the sun
    pemican, pemmican
    lean dried meat pounded fine and mixed with melted fat; used especially by North American Indians
    veal, veau
    meat from a calf
    horseflesh, horsemeat
    the flesh of horses as food
    mouton, mutton
    meat from a mature domestic sheep
    the flesh of a young domestic sheep eaten as food
    porc, pork
    meat from a domestic hog or pig
    heart and liver and other edible viscera especially of hogs; usually chopped and formed into a loaf and braised
    highly seasoned minced meat stuffed in casings
    sausage meat
    any meat that is minced and spiced and cooked as patties or used to fill sausages
    sausage or jellied loaf made of chopped parts of the head meat and sometimes feet and tongue of a calf or pig
    lunch meat, luncheon meat
    any of various sausages or molded loaf meats sliced and served cold
    bread, breadstuff, staff of life
    food made from dough of flour or meal and usually raised with yeast or baking powder and then baked
    bowtie pasta, farfalle
    pasta shaped with scalloped edges and pinched in the middle, suggestive of a bow tie
    a ribbonlike strip of pasta
    pasta shaped like pearls of barley; frequently prepared with lamb in Greek cuisine
    pasta in the form of long strings
    thin spaghetti
    small ring-shaped stuffed pasta
    medium-sized tubular pasta in short pieces
    tubular pasta in short ribbed pieces
    extremely fine pasta thinner than vermicelli
    linguine, linguini
    pasta in long slender flat strips
    fettuccine, fettuccini
    pasta in flat strips wider than linguine
    pasta in strings thinner than spaghetti
    pasta in the form of slender tubes
    lasagna, lasagne
    very wide flat strips of pasta
    pasta in short tubes with diagonally cut ends
    cappelletti, ravioli
    small circular or square cases of dough with savory fillings
    pasta cut in narrow ribbons
    large pasta tubes stuffed with chopped meat or mild cheese and baked in tomato sauce
    a pasta made in northern Africa of crushed and steamed semolina
    dumpling, dumplings
    small balls or strips of boiled or steamed dough
    a breakfast food prepared from grain
    mixture of untoasted dry cereals and fruits
    edible fruit
    edible reproductive body of a seed plant especially one having sweet flesh
    veg, vegetable, veggie
    edible seeds or roots or stems or leaves or bulbs or tubers or nonsweet fruits of any of numerous herbaceous plant
    any green goods that are good to eat
    the dried meat of the coconut from which oil is extracted
    saltwater fish
    flesh of fish from the sea used as food
    freshwater fish
    flesh of fish from fresh water used as food
    calamari, calamary, squid
    (Italian cuisine) squid prepared as food
    tentacles of octopus prepared as food
    escargot, snail
    edible terrestrial snail usually served in the shell with a sauce of melted butter and garlic
    periwinkle, winkle
    small edible marine snail; steamed in wine or baked
    large marine snail much used as food in Europe
    any of numerous small food fishes; especially those caught with hook and line and not available on the market
    fish cured by being split and air-dried without salt
    meat of edible aquatic invertebrate with a shell (especially a mollusk or crustacean)
    tiny fishes usually canned or salted; used for hors d'oeuvres or as seasoning in sauces
    the fatty flesh of eel; an elongate fish found in fresh water in Europe and America; large eels are usually smoked or pickled
    gray mullet, grey mullet, mullet
    highly valued lean flesh of marine or freshwater mullet
    flesh of shad-like fish abundant along the Atlantic coast or in coastal streams
    schrod, scrod
    flesh of young Atlantic cod weighing up to 2 pounds; also young haddock and pollock; often broiled
    lean white flesh of fish similar to but smaller than cod; usually baked or poached or as fillets sauteed or fried
    the lean flesh of a fish similar to cod
    prawn, shrimp
    any of various edible decapod crustaceans
    flesh of any of several primarily freshwater game and food fishes
    any market fish--edible saltwater fish or shellfish--except herring
    rock salmon
    any of several coarse fishes (such as dogfish or wolffish) when used as food
    flesh of any of various marine or freshwater fish of the family Salmonidae
    bony flesh of herring-like fish usually caught during their migration to fresh water for spawning; especially of Atlantic coast
    small cold-water silvery fish; migrate between salt and fresh water
    hard roe, roe
    fish eggs or egg-filled ovary; having a grainy texture
    milt, soft roe
    fish sperm or sperm-filled reproductive gland; having a creamy texture
    a rectangular quarter pound block of butter or margarine
    clarified butter, drawn butter
    butter made clear by heating and removing the sediment of milk solids
    beurre noisette, brown butter
    clarified butter browned slowly and seasoned with vinegar or lemon juice and capers
    Meuniere butter, lemon butter
    clarified butter browned slowly and seasoned with lemon juice and parsley
    blueberry yogurt
    yogurt with sweetened blueberries or blueberry jam
    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
    soft creamy white cheese; milder than Camembert
    brick cheese
    semisoft sweet American cheese from whole milk in a brick form
    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
    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
    a soft cheese with a strong odor and flavor
    a soft white cheese with a very strong pungent odor and flavor
    mild white Italian cheese
    semisoft pale-yellow cheese
    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
    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
    trademark: soft processed American cheese
    yak butter
    butter made from yaks' milk
    pasta somewhat resembling little moustaches
    scraps of meat (usually pork) boiled with cornmeal and shaped into loaves for slicing and frying
    type of:
    matter that is solid at room temperature and pressure
  3. noun
    anything that provides mental stimulus for thinking
    synonyms: food for thought, intellectual nourishment
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    insipid intellectual nourishment
    type of:
    cognitive content, content, mental object
    the sum or range of what has been perceived, discovered, or learned
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