nourishment

[nur-ish-muhnt, nuhr-]
noun
1.
something that nourishes; food, nutriment, or sustenance.
2.
the act of nourishing.
3.
the state of being nourished.
4.
a process, system, method, etc., of providing or administering nourishment: a treatise on the nourishment of international trade.

Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English norysshement < Middle French norissement. See nourish, -ment

nonnourishment, noun
overnourishment, noun
renourishment, noun
self-nourishment, noun
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nourishment (ˈnʌrɪʃmənt)
 
n
1.  the act or state of nourishing
2.  a substance that nourishes; food; nutriment

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

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Example sentences
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.
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