an open, relatively shallow container of pottery, glass, metal, wood, etc., used for various purposes, especially for holding or serving food.
any container used at table: dirty dishes.
the food served or contained in a dish: The meal consisted of several dishes.
a particular article, type, or preparation of food: Rice is an inexpensive dish.
the quantity held by a dish; dishful: a dish of applesauce.
anything like a dish in form or use.
concavity or the degree of concavity, as of a wheel.
Also called dish antenna. a concave, dish-shaped reflector serving to focus electromagnetic energy as part of a transmitter or receiver of radio, television, or microwave signals.
Slang. an attractive person, especially a female: His wife is quite a dish.
Slang. an item of gossip.
verb (used with object)
to put into or serve in a dish, as food: to dish food onto plates.
to fashion like a dish; make concave.
Slang. to gossip about: They talked all night, dishing their former friends.
Slang. to defeat; frustrate; cheat.
verb (used without object)
Slang. to talk together informally, especially, to gossip.
Verb phrases
dish out, Informal.
to serve (food) from a serving dish, pot, etc.
to deal out; distribute: She dished out our pay in silver dollars.
dish it out, Informal. to dispense abusive language, punishment, or praise, enthusiastic approval, etc.: When it comes to flattery, he can really dish it out.

before 900; Middle English; Old English disc dish, plate, bowl (akin to German Tisch table) < Latin discus dish, discus

underdish, noun
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dish (dɪʃ)
1.  a container used for holding or serving food, esp an open shallow container of pottery, glass, etc
2.  the food that is served or contained in a dish
3.  a particular article or preparation of food: a local fish dish
4.  Also called: dishful the amount contained in a dish
5.  something resembling a dish, esp in shape
6.  a concavity or depression
7.  dish aerial short for satellite dish aerial
8.  informal an attractive person
9.  informal something that one particularly enjoys or excels in
10.  to put into a dish
11.  to make hollow or concave
12.  informal (Brit) to ruin or spoil: he dished his chances of getting the job
[Old English disc, from Latin discus quoit, see disc]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. disc "plate, bowl, platter," borrowed c.700 from L. discus "dish, platter, quoit," from Gk. diskos "disk, platter." O.H.G. borrowed the word as tisc "plate," but Ger. tisch now means "table," in common with other later Romanic forms (cf. It. desco, Fr. dais). Meaning "variety of food served" is
first recorded c.1450. Verb meaning "to disparage, denigrate" first recorded 1940s; probably from the same notion in fig. dish it out (1934). Dish-cloth (1828) relegated earlier dish-clout (1520s) to dialect. Dish-washer is 1520s, of persons, 1867 of machines. Dish-water is attested from late 15c. Dishy "very attractive" is attested from 1961.
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Bible Dictionary

Dish definition

for eating from (2 Kings 21:13). Judas dipped his hand with a "sop" or piece of bread in the same dish with our Lord, thereby indicating friendly intimacy (Matt. 26:23). The "lordly dish" in Judg. 5:25 was probably the shallow drinking cup, usually of brass. In Judg. 6:38 the same Hebrew word is rendered "bowl." The dishes of the tabernacle were made of pure gold (Ex. 25:29; 37:16).

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