- Food that is prepared and eaten, usually at a specific time (e.g. breakfast = morning meal, lunch = noon meal, etc).
- 2013 July-August, Henry Petroski, “Geothermal Energy", American Scientist, volume 101, number 4:"Š
- 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.
- Food served or eaten as a repast.
From Middle English, from Old English mÇ£l (“measure, time, occasion, set time, time for eating, meal"), from Proto-Germanic *mÄ“lÄ…, from Proto-Indo-European *mÄ“-, *me- (“to measure"). Cognate with West Frisian miel, Dutch maal (“meal, time, occurrence"), German Mal (“time"), Mahl (“meal"), Swedish mÃ¥l (“meal"); and (from Indo-European) with Ancient Greek Î¼ÎÏ„ÏÎ¿Î½ (mÃ©tron, “measure"), Latin mensus, Russian Ð¼ÐµÑ€Ð° (mera, “measure"), Lithuanian máº½tas. Related to Old English mÇ£Ã¾ (“measure, degree, proportion").
- The coarse-ground edible part of various grains often used to feed animals; flour.
From Middle English mele, from Old English melu (“meal, flour"), from Proto-Germanic *melwÄ… (“meal, flour"), from Proto-Indo-European *mel-, *mol(w)É™- (“to grind, mill"). Cognate with West Frisian moal, Dutch meel, German Mehl, Albanian miell, Proto-Slavic *melvo (“grain to be ground") (Bulgarian Ð¼Ð»Ð¸Ð²Ð¾ (mlivo)), Dutch malen (“to grind"), German mahlen (“to grind"), Old Irish melim (“I grind"), Latin molÅ (“I grind"), Tocharian A/B malywÃ«t (“you press")/melye (“they tread on"), Lithuanian mÃ¡lti, Old Church Slavonic Ð¼Ð»Ñ£Ñ‚Ð¸ (mlÄ›ti), Ancient Greek Î¼ÏÎ»Î· (mÃ½lÄ“, “mill"). More at mill.
- (UK dialectal) A speck or spot.
- A part; a fragment; a portion.
(third-person singular simple present meals, present participle mealing, simple past and past participle mealed)
- To defile or taint.
- Were he meal'd with that / Which he corrects, than were he tyrannous. "• Shakespeare.
Variation of mole (compare Scots mail), from Middle English mole, mool, from Old English mÄl, mÇ£l (“spot, mark, blemish"), from Proto-Germanic *mailÄ… (“wrinkle, spot"), from Proto-Indo-European *mey- (“to soil"). More at mole.