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 (no͞o′trə-mənt, nyo͞o′-)
1. A source of nourishment; food.
2. An agent that promotes growth or development.

[Middle English, from Latin nūtrīmentum, from nūtrīre, to suckle; see (s)nāu- in Indo-European roots.]

nu′tri·men′tal (-mĕn′tl) adj.


any material providing nourishment
[C16: from Latin nūtrīmentum, from nūtrīre to nourish]
nutrimental adj


(ˈnu trə mənt, ˈnyu-)

1. any substance that, taken into a living organism, serves to sustain it, promoting growth, replacing loss, and providing energy.
2. anything that nourishes; nourishment; food.
[1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin nūtrīmentum nourishment, from nūtrī(re) to nourish, feed]
nu`tri•men′tal (-ˈmɛn tl) adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.nutriment - a source of materials to nourish the bodynutriment - a source of materials to nourish the body
food, nutrient - any substance that can be metabolized by an animal to give energy and build tissue
milk - produced by mammary glands of female mammals for feeding their young
course - part of a meal served at one time; "she prepared a three course meal"
dainty, goody, kickshaw, treat, delicacy - something considered choice to eat
dish - a particular item of prepared food; "she prepared a special dish for dinner"
fast food - inexpensive food (hamburgers or chicken or milkshakes) prepared and served quickly
finger food - food to be eaten with the fingers
ingesta - solid and liquid nourishment taken into the body through the mouth
kosher - food that fulfills the requirements of Jewish dietary law
meal, repast - the food served and eaten at one time
mess - soft semiliquid food; "a mess of porridge"
mince - food chopped into small bits; "a mince of mushrooms"
puree - food prepared by cooking and straining or processed in a blender
stodge - heavy and filling (and usually starchy) food
wheat germ - embryo of the wheat kernel; removed before milling and eaten as a source of vitamins
vitamin - any of a group of organic substances essential in small quantities to normal metabolism


2. That which sustains the mind or spirit:
طَعام، تَغْذِيَه
næring, fæîa
besinbesleyici maddegıda


[ˈnjuːtrɪmənt] Nnutrimento m, alimento m


n (form)Nahrung f


(njuˈtriʃəs) adjective
valuable as food; nourishing.
nutrient (ˈnjuːtriənt) noun
a substance which gives nourishment. This food contains important nutrients.
ˈnutriment noun
nourishment; food.
nuˈtrition noun
(the act of giving or getting) nourishment, or the scientific study of this.
nuˈtritional adjective


n. nutrimento, alimento, sustancia nutritiva.
References in classic literature ?
Wonder not then, what God for you saw good If I refuse not, but convert, as you, To proper substance; time may come when men With Angels may participate, and find No inconvenient Diet, nor too light Fare: And from these corporal nutriments perhaps Your bodies may at last turn all to Spirit Improv'd by tract of time, and wingd ascend Ethereal, as wee, or may at choice Here or in Heav'nly Paradises dwell; If ye be found obedient, and retain Unalterably firm his love entire Whose progenie you are.
She habitually ate chocolates for their sustaining quality; they contained much nutriment in small compass, she said.
Possibly, he was in a state of second growth and recovery, and was constantly assimilating nutriment for his spirit and intellect from sights, sounds, and events which passed as a perfect void to persons more practised with the world.
All merely graceful attributes are usually the most evanescent; nor does nature adorn the human ruin with blossoms of new beauty, that have their roots and proper nutriment only in the chinks and crevices of decay, as she sows wall-flowers over the ruined fortress of Ticonderoga.
A mean nutriment for the spirit to exist on: and sitting in that window-seat (you see I know your habits )--"
For if, in its perihelion, it should approach within a certain degree of the sun (as by their calculations they have reason to dread) it will receive a degree of heat ten thousand times more intense than that of red hot glowing iron, and in its absence from the sun, carry a blazing tail ten hundred thousand and fourteen miles long, through which, if the earth should pass at the distance of one hundred thousand miles from the nucleus, or main body of the comet, it must in its passage be set on fire, and reduced to ashes: that the sun, daily spending its rays without any nutriment to supply them, will at last be wholly consumed and annihilated; which must be attended with the destruction of this earth, and of all the planets that receive their light from it.
Husbanding this miserable supply, they dried the flesh, and for three days subsisted upon the nutriment extracted from the bones.
The conversion of nutriment of any sort into oil of the quality already mentioned appears to be a process so inseparable from the constitution of this exemplary vessel that in beginning to eat and drink, he may be described as always becoming a kind of considerable oil mills or other large factory for the production of that article on a wholesale scale.
All the facts of the animal economy, sex, nutriment, gestation, birth, growth, are symbols of the passage of the world into the soul of man, to suffer there a change and reappear a new and higher fact.
I have done little or nothing to waste my energies and so have required neither food nor sleep, but you, on the contrary, have walked and fought and wasted strength and tissue which must needs be rebuilt by nutriment and food, and so, having eaten and slept many times since last you saw me you naturally measure the lapse of time largely by these acts.
The store of nutriment laid up within the seeds of many plants seems at first sight to have no sort of relation to other plants.
The larger quadrupeds no doubt roam over wide tracts in search of it; and their food chiefly consists of underwood, which probably contains much nutriment in a small bulk.