flesh

flesh [flesh]
n.
[ME < OE flæsc, akin to Ger fleisch < ? IE base * plēk-, to tear off > FLAY]
1.
a) the soft substance of the body (of a person or animal) between the skin and the bones; esp., the muscular tissue
b) the surface or skin of the body [to feel one's flesh crawl]
2. the flesh of any animal as food; meat; esp., meat other than fish or fowl
3. the pulpy or edible part of fruits and vegetables
4. the human body, as distinguished from the soul [more than flesh can bear]
5. human nature, esp. in its sensual aspect
6. all living beings, esp. all humankind
7. kindred or relatives: now mainly in one's (own) flesh and blood: see phrase at FLESH AND BLOOD
8. the typical color of a white person's skin; yellowish pink
9. Informal plumpness; fat [you've been putting on flesh]
vt.
1. to feed (animals) with flesh so as to incite them to hunt or kill
2. to prepare for or incite to bloodshed, etc. by a foretaste
3. to harden; inure
4. to plunge (a weapon) into flesh
5. to put flesh on; fatten
6. to fill out as if with flesh; realize or make full, as by the addition of details: usually with out
7. to remove flesh from (a hide)
vi.
to grow fleshy or fat: usually with out or up
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in the flesh
1. alive
2. actually present; in person
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☆ press the flesh
Informal to shake hands or embrace, mingle, etc. effusively in crowds, esp. in politicking

English World dictionary. . 2014.

Synonyms:
(of animal bodies) / , / , (of fruit) / (as opposed to spirit), , (as opposed to the spiritual) / , , / , , / , ,


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  • Flesh — (fl[e^]sh), n. [OE. flesch, flesc, AS. fl[=ae]sc; akin to OFries. fl[=a]sk, D. vleesch, OS. fl[=e]sk, OHG. fleisc, G. fleisch, Icel. & Dan. flesk lard, bacon, pork, Sw. fl[ a]sk.] 1. The aggregate of the muscles, fat, and other tissues which… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • FLESH — (Heb. בָּשָׂר, basar), a word used both in the Bible and Talmud for mortal man and for the flesh of animals (for the latter aspect, see meat ). Eve is called by Adam bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh (Gen. 2:23), i.e., my close relative (cf …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • flesh — ► NOUN 1) the soft substance in the body consisting of muscle tissue and fat. 2) the edible pulpy part of a fruit or vegetable. 3) the surface of the human body with reference to its appearance or sensory properties. 4) (the flesh) the… …   English terms dictionary

  • flesh´i|ly — flesh|y «FLEHSH ee», adjective, flesh|i|er, flesh|i|est. 1. having much flesh; fat; plump. SYNONYM(S): corpulent, stout …   Useful english dictionary

  • flesh|y — «FLEHSH ee», adjective, flesh|i|er, flesh|i|est. 1. having much flesh; fat; plump. SYNONYM(S): corpulent, stout …   Useful english dictionary

  • Flesh — Flesh, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Fleshed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Fleshing}.] 1. To feed with flesh, as an incitement to further exertion; to initiate; from the practice of training hawks and dogs by feeding them with the first game they take, or other… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Flesh — is the soft part of the body of a person or animal which is between the skin and the bones. In ordinary speech, it typically contrasts with bone, as in the merism flesh and bone . It mainly refers to skeletal muscle and associated fat, though it… …   Wikipedia

  • flesh — [n1] body tissue, skin beef, brawn, cells, corpuscles, fat, fatness, flesh and blood, food, meat, muscle, plasm, plasma, protoplasm, sinews, thews, weight; concept 392 flesh [n2] humankind animality, carnality, homo sapiens, humanity, human… …   New thesaurus

  • flesh|ly — «FLEHSH lee», adjective, li|er, li|est. 1. of the flesh; bodily; corporeal. 2. Figurative. of man s physical nature; sensual: »pretty lyrics of fleshly love (Joseph Slater) …   Useful english dictionary

  • flesh|er — «FLEHSH uhr», noun. 1. a person who fleshes hides. 2. a knifelike tool used for fleshing. 3. Scottish. a butcher …   Useful english dictionary

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