|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|
|[Old English mǣl measure, set time, meal; related to Old High German māl mealtime]|
meal 1 (mēl)
The edible whole or coarsely ground grains of a cereal grass.
A granular substance produced by grinding.
The food served and eaten in one sitting.
A customary time or occasion of eating food.
are at the present day "eaten from a round table little higher than a stool, guests sitting cross-legged on mats or small carpets in a circle, and dipping their fingers into one large dish heaped with a mixture of boiled rice and other grain and meat. But in the time of our Lord, and perhaps even from the days of Amos (6:4, 7), the foreign custom had been largely introduced of having broad couches, forming three sides of a small square, the guests reclining at ease on their elbows during meals, with their faces to the space within, up and down which servants passed offering various dishes, or in the absence of servants, helping themselves from dishes laid on a table set between the couches." Geikie's Life of Christ. (Comp. Luke 7:36-50.) (See ABRAHAM'S BOSOM ØT0000055; BANQUET ØT0000434; FEAST.)