mealless

meal

1 [meel]
noun
1.
the food served and eaten especially at one of the customary, regular occasions for taking food during the day, as breakfast, lunch, or supper.
2.
one of these regular occasions or times for eating food.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English; Old English mǣl measure, fixed time, occasion, meal; cognate with German Mal time, Mahl meal, Old Norse māl, Gothic mēl time, hour

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meal

2 [meel]
noun
1.
a coarse, unsifted powder ground from the edible seeds of any grain: wheat meal; cornmeal.
2.
any ground or powdery substance, as of nuts or seeds, resembling this.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English mele, Old English melu; cognate with German Mehl, Dutch meel, Old Norse mjǫl; akin to Gothic malan, Latin molere to grind. See mill1

mealless, adjective
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meal1 (miːl)
 
n
1.  a.  any of the regular occasions, such as breakfast, lunch, dinner, etc, when food is served and eaten
 b.  (in combination): mealtime Related: prandial
2.  the food served and eaten
3.  informal make a meal of to perform (a task) with unnecessarily great effort
 
Related: prandial
 
[Old English mǣl measure, set time, meal; related to Old High German māl mealtime]

meal2 (miːl)
 
n
1.  the edible part of a grain or pulse (excluding wheat) ground to a coarse powder, used chiefly as animal food
2.  (Scot) oatmeal
3.  chiefly (US) maize flour
 
[Old English melu; compare Dutch meel, Old High German melo, Old Norse mjöl]
 
'meal-less2
 
adj

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meal
"food, time for eating," O.E. mæl "fixed time, a measure, meal," from P.Gmc. *mæla- (cf. Du. maal "time, meal," O.N. mal "measure, time, meal," Ger. Mal "time," Goth. mel "time, hour"), from PIE base *me- "to measure" (see meter (2)). Probably related to O.E.
mæð "measure." Original sense of "time" is preserved in piecemeal; once a more common suffix, e.g. O.E. styccemælum "bit by bit," gearmælum "year by year." Meals-on-wheels attested from 1961. Meal ticket first attested 1870 in lit. sense of "ticket of admission to a dining hall;" fig. sense of "source of income or livelihood" is from 1899.

meal
"ground grain," O.E. melu, from W.Gmc. *melwan "grind" (cf. Ger. malen "to grind," Mehl "meal"), from PIE base *mel-/*mol-/*ml- "to grind, soft" (cf. Hittite mallanzi "they grind," Arm. malem "I crush, bruise," Gk. malakos "soft," Alb. miel "meal, flour," L. molere "to grind," O.C.S. meljo, Lith. malu
"to grind;" see mill (1)).
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meal 1 (mēl)
n.

  1. The edible whole or coarsely ground grains of a cereal grass.

  2. A granular substance produced by grinding.

meal 2
n.

  1. The food served and eaten in one sitting.

  2. A customary time or occasion of eating food.

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