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[nur-ish-muh nt, nuhr-] /ˈnɜr ɪʃ mənt, ˈnʌr-/
something that nourishes; food, nutriment, or sustenance.
the act of nourishing.
the state of being nourished.
a process, system, method, etc., of providing or administering nourishment:
a treatise on the nourishment of international trade.
Origin of nourishment
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English norysshement < Middle French norissement. See nourish, -ment
Related forms
nonnourishment, noun
overnourishment, noun
renourishment, noun
self-nourishment, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for nourishment
  • Plankton are literally at the bottom of the food chain, a source of nourishment for virtually every animal in the sea.
  • In addition to being a source of nourishment for local people, the lake's fish are also exported as food and as aquarium pets.
  • The language speaks of battles with and fears of food, and the blaming of one's own body when the mind seeks nourishment.
  • What he offers is not medicine but food-the nourishment of sane and delightful art.
  • US consumers spend one of every ten dollars on nourishment.
  • Healthy diets and eating habits supply much needed nourishment for human growth and tissue repair.
  • The damage to her windpipe left her unable to swallow, and she was unable to take any nourishment.
  • Do whatever you can to minimize exhaustion and under-nourishment.
  • Surely there will be some who don't find enough nourishment in the fruits of the prestige-economies and the money-economies.
  • But tailgating spectators in villages along the way offer live music and nourishment.
British Dictionary definitions for nourishment


the act or state of nourishing
a substance that nourishes; food; nutriment
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Word Origin and History for nourishment

early 15c., "food, sustenance," from Old French norissement "food, nourishment," from norrir (see nourish). From c.1300 as "fostering."

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nourishment in Medicine

nourishment nour·ish·ment (nûr'ĭsh-mənt, nŭr'-)
Something that nourishes; food.

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