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victual

or vittle

[vit-l] /ˈvɪt l/
noun
1.
victuals, food supplies; provisions.
2.
food or provisions for human beings.
verb (used with object), victualed, victualing or (especially British) victualled, victualling.
3.
to supply with victuals.
verb (used without object), victualed, victualing or (especially British) victualled, victualling.
4.
to take or obtain victuals.
5.
Archaic. to eat or feed.
Origin of victual
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English vitaille < Anglo-French, Middle French vitail(l)e, Old French vituaille < Late Latin victuālia provisions, noun use of neuter plural of Latin victuālis pertaining to food, equivalent to victu(s) nourishment, way of living (vic-, variant stem of vīvere to live + -tus suffix of v. action) + -ālis -al1; modern spelling < Latin
Related forms
victualless, adjective
revictual, verb, revictualed, revictualing or (especially British) revictualled, revictualling.
unvictualed, adjective
unvictualled, adjective
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Examples from the Web for revictualling
Historical Examples
  • It ought not, however, to be difficult of access, or the problem of revictualling will be complicated and expensive.

    The Alps Martin Conway
  • Victualling of cities before, and their revictualling after, investment.

  • Like our colonising powers, it has its ports of call, its revictualling stations.

    The Forerunners Romain Rolland
  • They fled in all directions upon the Mincio, where Wurmser himself, meanwhile, had been employed in revictualling Mantua.

    The History of Napoleon Buonaparte John Gibson Lockhart
  • Lack of supplies at length compelled them to withdraw for the purpose of revictualling.

    History of Holland George Edmundson
  • The Commodore obtained ready permission to disembark his sick, and found every facility for revictualling.

  • The question of the revictualling is the most important one of the moment.

  • Trochu was willing to accept the mayors as coadjutors on the question of capitulation and revictualling.

  • He made no offer, however, of any concession with regard to the revictualling of Paris.

    Lord Lyons: A Record of British Diplomacy Thomas Wodehouse Legh Newton
  • Essex sailed first for Fayal, because Ralegh's squadron was obliged to delay for repairs and revictualling.

    Great Ralegh Hugh De Selincourt
British Dictionary definitions for revictualling

victual

/ˈvɪtəl/
verb -uals, -ualling, -ualled (US) -uals, -ualing, -ualed
1.
to supply with or obtain victuals
2.
(intransitive) (rare) (esp of animals) to partake of victuals
See also victuals
Derived Forms
victual-less, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Old French vitaille, from Late Latin victuālia provisions, from Latin victuālis concerning food, from victus sustenance, from vīvere to live
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Word Origin and History for revictualling

victual

n.

c.1300; see victuals.

v.

c.1300, from Anglo-French or Old French vitailler, from vitaille (see victuals). Related: Victualed; victualing.

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