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flesh

 (flĕsh)
n.
1.
a. The soft tissue of the body of a vertebrate, covering the bones and consisting mainly of skeletal muscle and fat: thought the boy needed some more flesh on his bones.
b. Such tissue of an animal, used as food: flesh of a cow; fish with white flesh.
c. The surface or skin of the human body: goosebumps on my flesh.
d. Fatty tissue: "a woman of wide and abundant flesh" (A.S. Byatt).
2. Botany The pulpy, usually edible part of a fruit or vegetable.
3.
a. The human body: "the thousand natural shocks / That flesh is heir to" (Shakespeare).
b. Sensual appetites: gratification of the flesh.
4. Substance; reality: "The maritime strategy has an all but unstoppable institutional momentum behind it ... that has given force and flesh to the theory" (Jack Beatty).
v. fleshed, flesh·ing, flesh·es
v.tr.
1. To give substance or detail to; fill out. Often used with out: fleshed out the novel with a subplot.
2. To clean (a hide) of adhering flesh.
3. To encourage (a falcon, for example) to participate in the chase by feeding it flesh from a kill.
4. To plunge or thrust (a weapon) into flesh.
5. Archaic To inure (troops, for instance) to battle or bloodshed.
v.intr.
To become plump or fleshy; gain weight.
Idioms:
go the way of all flesh
1. To die.
2. To come to an end.
in the flesh
1. Alive.
2. In person; present.

[Middle English, from Old English flǣsc.]

flesh′less adj.

flesh

(flɛʃ)
n
1. (Zoology) the soft part of the body of an animal or human, esp muscular tissue, as distinct from bone and viscera.
2. informal excess weight; fat
3. archaic the edible tissue of animals as opposed to that of fish or, sometimes, fowl; meat
4. (Botany) the thick usually soft part of a fruit or vegetable, as distinct from the skin, core, stone, etc
5. the human body and its physical or sensual nature as opposed to the soul or spirit.
6. mankind in general
7. animate creatures in general
8. one's own family; kin (esp in the phrase one's own flesh and blood)
9. (Colours) a yellowish-pink to greyish-yellow colour
10. (Theology) Christian Science belief on the physical plane which is considered erroneous, esp the belief that matter has sensation
11. (Tanning) (modifier) tanning of or relating to the inner or under layer of a skin or hide: a flesh split.
12. in the flesh in person; actually present
13. make one's flesh creep (esp of something ghostly) to frighten and horrify one
14. press the flesh informal to shake hands, usually with large numbers of people, esp in political campaigning
vb
15. (Hunting) (tr) hunting to stimulate the hunting instinct of (hounds or falcons) by giving them small quantities of raw flesh
16. to wound the flesh of with a weapon
17. archaic or poetic to accustom or incite to bloodshed or battle by initial experience
18. (Tanning) tanning to remove the flesh layer of (a hide or skin)
19. to fatten; fill out
[Old English flǣsc; related to Old Norse flesk ham, Old High German fleisk meat, flesh]

flesh

(flɛʃ)

n.
1. the soft substance of a vertebrate or other animal body between the skin and the skeleton, esp. muscular tissue.
2. muscular and fatty tissue.
3. this substance or tissue of animals as an article of food, usu. excluding fish and sometimes fowl; meat.
4. excess fat; weight: to put on flesh.
5. the body, esp. as distinguished from the spirit or soul: The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.
6. the physical or animal nature of humankind as distinguished from its moral or spiritual nature.
8. living creatures generally.
9. a person's family or relatives.
10. the soft, pulpy portion of a fruit or vegetable.
11. the surface of the human body; skin.
v.t.
13. to inflame the ardor or passions of by a foretaste.
14. to overlay or cover (a skeletal frame) with flesh or a fleshlike substance.
15. to give dimension or substance to (often fol. by out): The novelist fleshed out her characters.
16. to remove adhering flesh from (hides) in leather manufacture.
v.i.
17. to become more substantial (usu. fol. by out).
Idioms:
1. in the flesh, present and alive.
2. press the flesh, Informal. to shake hands.
[before 900; Middle English flesc, Old English flǣsc; c. Old Saxon flēsk, Old High German fleisc, Old Norse flesk bacon]
flesh′less, adj.

Flesh

See also cannibalism.

the eating of human flesh generally not for nutritional purposes but for primitive sacramental rites. — cannibalic, cannibalistic, adj.
the use of flesh meat for sustenance. — creophagous, adj.
Rare. the eating of raw meat, especially as part of an initiation ritual. — omophagic, adj.
Rare. the act, practice, or custom of eating flesh. — sarcophagous, adj.

flesh


Past participle: fleshed
Gerund: fleshing

Imperative
flesh
flesh
Present
I flesh
you flesh
he/she/it fleshes
we flesh
you flesh
they flesh
Preterite
I fleshed
you fleshed
he/she/it fleshed
we fleshed
you fleshed
they fleshed
Present Continuous
I am fleshing
you are fleshing
he/she/it is fleshing
we are fleshing
you are fleshing
they are fleshing
Present Perfect
I have fleshed
you have fleshed
he/she/it has fleshed
we have fleshed
you have fleshed
they have fleshed
Past Continuous
I was fleshing
you were fleshing
he/she/it was fleshing
we were fleshing
you were fleshing
they were fleshing
Past Perfect
I had fleshed
you had fleshed
he/she/it had fleshed
we had fleshed
you had fleshed
they had fleshed
Future
I will flesh
you will flesh
he/she/it will flesh
we will flesh
you will flesh
they will flesh
Future Perfect
I will have fleshed
you will have fleshed
he/she/it will have fleshed
we will have fleshed
you will have fleshed
they will have fleshed
Future Continuous
I will be fleshing
you will be fleshing
he/she/it will be fleshing
we will be fleshing
you will be fleshing
they will be fleshing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been fleshing
you have been fleshing
he/she/it has been fleshing
we have been fleshing
you have been fleshing
they have been fleshing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been fleshing
you will have been fleshing
he/she/it will have been fleshing
we will have been fleshing
you will have been fleshing
they will have been fleshing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been fleshing
you had been fleshing
he/she/it had been fleshing
we had been fleshing
you had been fleshing
they had been fleshing
Conditional
I would flesh
you would flesh
he/she/it would flesh
we would flesh
you would flesh
they would flesh
Past Conditional
I would have fleshed
you would have fleshed
he/she/it would have fleshed
we would have fleshed
you would have fleshed
they would have fleshed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.flesh - the soft tissue of the body of a vertebrate: mainly muscle tissue and fat
animal tissue - the tissue in the bodies of animals
2.flesh - alternative names for the body of a human beingflesh - alternative names for the body of a human being; "Leonardo studied the human body"; "he has a strong physique"; "the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak"
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"
human, human being, homo, man - any living or extinct member of the family Hominidae characterized by superior intelligence, articulate speech, and erect carriage
body, organic structure, physical structure - the entire structure of an organism (an animal, plant, or human being); "he felt as if his whole body were on fire"
person - a human body (usually including the clothing); "a weapon was hidden on his person"
juvenile body - the body of a young person
adult body - the body of an adult human being
male body - the body of a male human being
female body - the body of a female human being
3.flesh - a soft moist part of a fruit
plant tissue - the tissue of a plant
parenchyma - the primary tissue of higher plants composed of thin-walled cells that remain capable of cell division even when mature; constitutes the greater part of leaves, roots, the pulp of fruits, and the pith of stems
Verb1.flesh - remove adhering flesh from (hides) when preparing leather manufacture
get rid of, remove - dispose of; "Get rid of these old shoes!"; "The company got rid of all the dead wood"

flesh

noun
1. fat, muscle, beef (informal), tissue, body, brawn Illness had wasted the flesh from her body.
2. fatness, fat, adipose tissue, corpulence, weight porcine wrinkles of flesh
3. meat, food the pale pink flesh of trout and salmon
5. pulp, soft part, fleshy part Cut the flesh from the olives and discard the stone.
flesh something out add to, develop, expand (on), embellish, elaborate on, enlarge on, add detail to He has since fleshed out his story.
in the flesh in person, in real life, really, actually He looked smaller in the flesh.
put flesh on something expand, develop, expand (on), add to, embellish, elaborate on, enlarge on, add detail to This is an attempt to put flesh on a very bare plan.
your own flesh and blood family, blood, relations, relatives, kin, kindred, kith and kin, blood relations, kinsfolk The kid was his own flesh and blood.
Related words
adjective carnal, sarcoid
fear selaphobia
Quotations
"Bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh" Bible: Genesis
"I saw him now going the way of all flesh" [John Webster Westward Hoe]
"The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak" Bible: St. Matthew

flesh

noun
Translations
لَحْملَحْم الثَّمَره
dužinamaso
kødkropfrugtkødhud
hedelmälihalihamalto
hús
hold; kjötkjöt
artimas giminėgyvenimemėsamėsingasminkštimas
gaļamiesamīkstums
meso
etetli kısım

flesh

[fleʃ]
A. N (gen) → carne f; [of fruit] → pulpa f
in the fleshen carne y hueso, en persona
my own flesh and bloodmi propia sangre
to put on fleshechar carnes
the sins of the fleshlos pecados de la carne
it's more than flesh and blood can standno hay quien lo aguante
to make sb's flesh crawl or creepponer carne de gallina a algn
to go the way of all fleshpasar a mejor vida
see also press B1
B. CPD flesh colour, flesh color (US) N (gen, Art) → color m de la piel
flesh wound Nherida f superficial
flesh out VT + ADVdesarrollar

flesh

[ˈflɛʃ] n
[person, animal] → chair f
to make sb's flesh creep, to make sb's flesh crawl (= horrify) → donner la chair de poule à qn
to see sb in the flesh → voir qn en personne
one's own flesh and blood → la chair de sa chair
She's my own flesh and blood → Elle est la chair de ma chair.
to put flesh on sth (= flesh out) → étoffer qch
[fruit, vegetable] → chair f
flesh out
vt sep (= develop) [+ story, plan] → développerflesh wound [ˈflɛʃwuːnd] nblessure f superficielle

flesh

n
Fleisch nt; (of fruit)(Frucht)fleisch nt; (of vegetable)Mark nt; to put on flesh (animals)zunehmen; (person also)Fleisch auf die Rippen bekommen (inf); all that bare flesh on the beachdiese Fleischbeschau am Strand
(fig) one’s own flesh and bloodsein eigen(es) Fleisch und Blut; it was more than flesh and blood could beardas war einfach nicht zu ertragen; I’m only flesh and bloodich bin auch nur aus Fleisch und Blut; in the fleshin Person, in natura; he’s gone the way of all flesher ist den Weg allen Fleisches gegangen; to press the flesh (inf)Hände drücken; to put flesh on an idea/a proposaleine Idee/einen Vorschlag ausgestalten
(Rel) → Fleisch nt; sins of the fleshSünden pldes Fleisches

flesh

:
flesh colour, (US) flesh color
nFleischfarbe f
flesh-coloured, (US) flesh-colored
flesh-eating

flesh

[flɛʃ] n (gen) → carne f; (of fruit) → polpa
in the flesh → in carne ed ossa
my own flesh and blood → la mia famiglia
it's more than flesh and blood can stand → è più di quanto un essere umano possa sopportare
to demand one's pound of flesh (fig) → esigere tutto il dovuto

flesh

(fleʃ) noun
1. the soft substance (muscles etc) that covers the bones of animals.
2. the soft part of fruit. the golden flesh of a peach.
ˈfleshy adjective
fat. a fleshy face.
flesh and blood
1. relations; family. She is my own flesh and blood.
2. human nature. It is more than flesh and blood can tolerate.
in the flesh
actually present; in person. I have seen him on television, but never in the flesh.

flesh

n. carne, tejido muscular suave del cuerpo;
___ woundherida superficial.

flesh

n carne f; flesh-eating devorador de carne
References in classic literature ?
She did not think herself a genius by any means, but when the writing fit came on, she gave herself up to it with entire abandon, and led a blissful life, unconscious of want, care, or bad weather, while she sat safe and happy in an imaginary world, full of friends almost as real and dear to her as any in the flesh.
It was as if all the agreeable sensations possible to creatures of flesh and blood were heaped up on those black-and-white keys, and he were gloating over them and trickling them through his yellow fingers.
She looked at her round arms as she held them straight up and rubbed them one after the other, observing closely, as if it were something she saw for the first time, the fine, firm quality and texture of her flesh.
A rifle bullet acts on a running animal, when it barks him, much the same as one of your spurs on a horse; that is, it quickens motion, and puts life into the flesh, instead of taking it away.
This necessary article was scarce, and dear; and the inhabitants lived chiefly on the flesh of buffaloes.
You are gaining flesh and color, your appetite is better, I feel really much easier about you.
All of them were pure specimens of a breed which had been transmitted down as an heirloom in the Pyncheon family, and were said, while in their prime, to have attained almost the size of turkeys, and, on the score of delicate flesh, to be fit for a prince's table.
What do we talk of marks and brands, whether on the bodice of her gown or the flesh of her forehead?
Ichabod, on the contrary, had to win his way to the heart of a country coquette, beset with a labyrinth of whims and caprices, which were forever presenting new difficulties and impediments; and he had to encounter a host of fearful adversaries of real flesh and blood, the numerous rustic admirers, who beset every portal to her heart, keeping a watchful and angry eye upon each other, but ready to fly out in the common cause against any new competitor.
In these last-mentioned haunts you see only sailors; but in New Bedford, actual cannibals stand chatting at street corners; savages outright; many of whom yet carry on their bones unholy flesh.
Sawyer," he cried in a stern voice, "is that pony made of flesh and blood?
The flesh was white and fresh, and both the arm and hand preserved a degree of flexibility in the articulations.