Meal definitions

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By a (specified) amount done or used at one time.
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Any of the times, esp. the customary times, for eating, as breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
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The food served or eaten at such a time.
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The edible whole or coarsely ground grains of a cereal grass.
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Any edible grain, or the edible part of any grain, coarsely ground and unbolted.

Cornmeal.

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A granular substance produced by grinding.
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The food served and eaten in one sitting.
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Any substance similarly ground or powdered.
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A customary time or occasion of eating food.
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The definition of a meal is a specific or designated time or occasion at which you eat food, or is the food that is consumed.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are examples of meals.

Eggs and bacon are an example of a meal.

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Food served or eaten as a repast.
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See also meal.
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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.
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The coarse-ground edible part of various grains often used to feed animals; flour.
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(UK dialectal) A speck or spot.
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A part; a fragment; a portion.
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To defile or taint.

Were he meal'd with that / Which he corrects, than were he tyrannous. "• Shakespeare.

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Origin of meal

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 мливо (mlivo)), Dutch malen (“to grind"), German mahlen (“to grind"), Old Irish melim (“I grind"), Latin molō (“I grind"), Tocharian A/B malywët (“you press")/melye (“they tread on"), Lithuanian málti, Old Church Slavonic млѣти (mlÄ›ti), Ancient Greek μύλη (mýlÄ“, “mill"). More at mill.