follow Dictionary.com

Stories We Like: A Guide to the Comma

nourishment

[nur-ish-muh nt, nuhr-] /ˈnɜr ɪʃ mənt, ˈnʌr-/
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
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English norysshement < Middle French norissement. See nourish, -ment
Related forms
nonnourishment, noun
overnourishment, noun
renourishment, noun
self-nourishment, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples 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

nourishment

/ˈnʌrɪʃmənt/
noun
1.
the act or state of nourishing
2.
a substance that nourishes; food; nutriment
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for nourishment
n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
nourishment in Medicine

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

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for nourishment

Most English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for nourishment

16
19
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with nourishment