aliment (third-person singular simple present aliments, present participle alimenting, simple past and past participle alimented)
1.that which nourishes; nutriment; food.
2.that which sustains; means of support.
3.to sustain; support.
1. something that nourishes or sustains the body or mind
2. (Scots law) another term for alimony verb (ˈælɪˌmɛnt)
3. (transitive) (obsolete) to support or sustain Derived Formsalimental, adjective Word OriginC15, from Latin alimentum food, from alere to nourishCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
"food," late 15c., from Latin alimentum "nourishment," in plural, "food, provisions," from alere "to nourish" (see alimentary).
The opinion of Pliny, that it is the most ancient aliment of mankind, appears to be well-founded, for no less than three varieties have been found in the lake dwellings of Switzerland, in deposits belonging to the Stone Period.
They adopted the doctrine and system which the progress of human affairs had made the intellectual aliment of their Syrian guides.
We spend more on almost any article of bodily aliment or ailment than on our mental aliment.
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