flesh

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v flesh remove adhering flesh from (hides) when preparing leather manufacture
    • n flesh 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"
    • n flesh the soft tissue of the body of a vertebrate: mainly muscle tissue and fat
    • n flesh a soft moist part of a fruit
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The titan arum flower is the largest flower in the world and gives off a horrible odor that smells like rotting flesh when it blooms
    • Flesh Animal food, in distinction from vegetable; meat; especially, the body of beasts and birds used as food, as distinguished from fish. "With roasted flesh , or milk, and wastel bread."
    • Flesh Human nature
    • Flesh In a bad sense, tendency to transient or physical pleasure; desire for sensual gratification; carnality.
    • Flesh In a good sense, tenderness of feeling; gentleness.
    • Flesh Kindred; stock; race. "He is our brother and our flesh ."
    • Flesh The aggregate of the muscles, fat, and other tissues which cover the framework of bones in man and other animals; especially, the muscles.
    • Flesh The character under the influence of animal propensities or selfish passions; the soul unmoved by spiritual influences.
    • Flesh The human body, as distinguished from the soul; the corporeal person. "As if this flesh , which walls about our life,
      Were brass impregnable."
    • Flesh The human eace; mankind; humanity. "All flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth."
    • Flesh The soft, pulpy substance of fruit; also, that part of a root, fruit, and the like, which is fit to be eaten.
    • Flesh 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 flesh. Hence, to use upon flesh (as a murderous weapon) so as to draw blood, especially for the first time. "Full bravely hast thou fleshed Thy maiden sword.""The wild dog
      Shall flesh his tooth on every innocent."
    • Flesh To glut; to satiate; hence, to harden, to accustom. "Fleshed in triumphs.""Old soldiers Fleshed in the spoils of Germany and France."
    • Flesh (Leather Manufacture) To remove flesh, membrance, etc., from, as from hides.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The Crayola colour flesh was changed to peach in 1962 because of the fact that people have many different skin colours
    • n flesh A substance forming a large part of an animal body, consisting of the softer solids which constitute muscle and fat, as distinguished from the bones, the skin, the membranes, and the fluids; in the most restricted sense, muscular tissue alone. Flesh or muscle is composed of muscle-fibers bound together by connective tissue and made into distinct masses of definite function—the various muscles. Together with this are the requisite blood-vessels, lymphatics, and nerves. Chemically, the composition of connective and nervous tissue is here what it is elsewhere. The muscle-fiber itself contains (or readily furnishes) myosin, serum albumin or a closely related body, a globulin called myoglobulin, creatine, and small quantities of carnin, xanthine, hypoxanthine, taurin, etc. The red muscle contains, besides hemoglobin, an allied pigment called histohematin. Potassium salts and phosphates form 80 per cent. of the ash.
    • n flesh Animal food, in distinction from vegetable; in the most restricted sense, the substance of beasts and fowls used as food, as distinguished from fish.
    • n flesh The body, as distinguished from the soul; the corporeal person.
    • n flesh Man, or the human race; mankind; humanity.
    • n flesh Man's animal or physical nature, as distinguished from or opposed to his moral or spiritual nature; the body as the seat of appetite: a Biblical use: as, to mortify the flesh.
    • n flesh Kindred; stock; family; near relative or relatives.
    • n flesh In botany, the soft cellular or pulpy substance of a fruit or vegetable, as distinguished from the kernel or core, skin, shell, etc.
    • n flesh In Scripture, to be under the control of the animal nature: opposed to spiritual.
    • flesh Consisting of animal substance not fish: as, a flesh diet.
    • flesh To feed full with flesh, and hence with fleshly enjoyments, spoil, etc.
    • flesh To encourage by giving flesh to; initiate to the taste of flesh: with reference to the practice of training hawks and dogs by feeding them with the first game they take, or other flesh; hence, to introduce or incite to battle or carnage.
    • flesh In leather manufacturing, to remove flesh, fat, and loose membrane from the flesh side of, as skins and hides.
    • flesh To clothe with flesh; make fleshy.
    • flesh To become more fleshy, as one who has been ill and is convalescent: used with up.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The little lump of flesh just forward of your ear canal, right next to your temple, is called a tragus.
    • n Flesh flesh the soft substance which covers the bones of animals: animal food: the bodies of beasts and birds, not fish: the body, not the soul: animals or animal nature: mankind: kindred: bodily appetites: the present life: the soft substance of fruit: the part of a fruit fit to be eaten:
    • v.t Flesh to train to an appetite for flesh, as dogs for hunting: to accustom: to glut: to use upon flesh, as a sword, esp. for the first time
    • n Flesh flesh (B.) man's visible nature (as opposed to Pneuma or Spirit), his human or bodily nature, the seat of sin, but not originally or necessarily evil
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Quotations

  • Elizabeth Gaskell
    Elizabeth Gaskell
    “He had not an ounce of superfluous flesh on his bones, and leanness goes a great way towards gentility.”
  • Bible
    Bible
    “The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is week. [Matthew 26:41]”
  • Proverb
    Proverb
    “No sheath shall hold what finds its home in flesh.”
  • Johann Friedrich Von Schiller
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    “It is not flesh and blood, but heart which makes us fathers and sons.”
  • Leonard Cohen
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    “Children show scars like medals. Lovers use them as secrets to reveal. A scar is what happens when the word is made flesh.”
  • E. M. Cioran
    E. M. Cioran
    “The mind is the result of the torments the flesh undergoes or inflicts upon itself.”

Idioms

Flesh and blood - Your flesh and blood are your blood relatives, especially your immediate family.
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In the flesh - If you meet or see someone in the flesh you actually meet or see them, rather than seeing them on TV or in other media.
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Make your flesh crawl - If something makes your flesh crawl, it really scares or revolts you. ('Make your flesh creep' is an alternative. 'Make your skin crawl' is also used.)
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Pound of flesh - If someone wants their pound of flesh, the force someone to pay or give back something owed, even though they don't need it and it will cause the other person a lot of difficulty.
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Press the flesh - When people, especially politicians, press the flesh, they meet members of the public and shake their hands, usually when trying to get support.
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Spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak - If the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak, someone lacks the willpower to change things they do because they derive too much pleasure from them.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. flesch, flesc, AS. flǣsc,; akin to OFries. flāsk, D. vleesch, OS. flēsk, OHG. fleisc, G. fleisch, Icel. & Dan. flesk, lard, bacon, pork, Sw. fläsk,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. flǽsc; cog. forms in all Teut. languages; Ger. fleisch, &c.

Usage

In literature:

Its skin is of little value to them, and they consider its flesh but indifferent eating.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
This being is compound, having a fleshly and a spiritual side.
"Autobiography of Frank G. Allen, Minister of the Gospel" by Frank G. Allen
Those in which no flesh-meat is issued to the messes.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Clean the flesh away from this and then devote the attention to the before-named oval-shaped piece of flesh.
"Practical Taxidermy" by Montagu Browne
He looked now; the flesh was already cut through and no cry had escaped the child.
"Condemned as a Nihilist" by George Alfred Henty
Better a mouse in the pat than nae flesh.
"The Proverbs of Scotland" by Alexander Hislop
Her bright girlish visions had wrapped themselves in a garment of flesh.
"Virginia" by Ellen Glasgow
The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
"The New Testament of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ." by Various
And was the veil of Christ's holy flesh rent that the veil of our sinful flesh might be spared?
"Holy in Christ" by Andrew Murray
Kinsman's flesh or stranger's flesh must be all one to the fangs of the vermin swarming in the Crioceris' belly.
"The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles" by Jean Henri Fabre
The flesh, obeying the law of its nature, still follows the things of the flesh, while it opposes the things of God.
"Commentary on Genesis, Vol. II" by Martin Luther
Ossaroo did not fail to skin the tiger, and to eat for his supper a large steak, cut off from his well-fleshed ribs.
"The Plant Hunters" by Mayne Reid
True, the Christian is bodily in the world, yet he does not live after the flesh.
"Epistle Sermons, Vol. II" by Martin Luther
If they found out that she was a woman of Constantinople, they would tear the flesh from her bones.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
He wanted to wallow in her, bury himself in her flesh, cover himself over with her flesh.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
The boy, Gray Cloud, was flesh of his flesh, the only child he had in the world.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
Hymenium red or flesh-color, covered with a delicate flesh-colored bloom.
"The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise" by M. E. Hard
But then a weight fell on him from behind, and uncleanliness and garlic and the sweating of flesh filled his nostrils.
"The Missourian" by Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
Flesh white, tender, moderately juicy, pleasant, subacid.
"The Apple" by Various
Still it was disconcerting to realize that he had, in the flesh, contributed absolutely nothing to the picture.
"The Portal of Dreams" by Charles Neville Buck
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In poetry:

In this small ring of flesh;
The sky's gold-knotted mesh
Thy wrist
Did only twist
"Any Saint" by Francis Thompson
Whatever he smelled was good:
The fruit and flesh smells mixed.
There beside him she stood,—
And he, perplexed;
"Pickle Belt" by Theodore Roethke
Nor holy bread, nor blood of grape,
The lineaments restore
Of Him we know in outward shape
And in the flesh no more.
"Our Master" by John Greenleaf Whittier
By faith I trust a pardon free
Which puzzles flesh and blood;
To think that God can justify,
Where yet he sees no good.
"The Believer's Principles : Chap. IV." by Ralph Erskine
In God most holy, just, and true,
I have reposed my trust;
Nor will I fear what flesh can do,
The offspring of the dust.
"Psalm 56" by Isaac Watts
Spirit is willing to repeat
Without a qualm the same old talk,
But Flesh is homesick for our snug
Apartment in New York.
"On the Circuit" by W H Auden

In news:

The stringy flesh of spaghetti squash looks and tastes like spaghetti, especially when roasted and garnished with Parmesan cheese.
Scraping the cooked flesh from the inside of the squash results in a spaghetti-like or vermicelli-like appearance.
The little known citrus is seedless, less bitter than grapefruit and has dense flesh.
ISTOCK Oro Blanco, a cross between a grapefruit and a pomelo, has a thick rind but oh-so-sweet-and-juicy flesh.
'Flesh Eaters' by Joe McKinney.
The hospital has since said it treated three patients with serious Strep infections, including two with flesh-eating bacteria.
Sunchokes are knobby and misshapen, with a papery skin and flesh the texture of a radish when eaten raw, and creamy like a potato when cooked.
As Consciousness Is Harnessed to Flesh, the second of three planned volumes of Sontag's journals edited by her son, David Rieff, will be published April 10 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
It is this reduction of human beings to numbers, pesky weak flesh in the way of the profit, that is Sweatshop 's frightening strength.
John McCain pressed the flesh at a Memorial Day event in Prescott, Ariz. Sunday before opening up a new campaign office in that town while the man who wants to take his seat was in Washington, DC, to debate immigration policy.
The commission is considering a performance standard that would require the adoption of "flesh detecting technology" in new table saw s.
In Brooklyn, a Boschscape of Vows, Song and Flesh.
MAJOR PACKER HIDES, CURED & FLESHED.
A quick, not so 'flesh'-ed out review from our local theater critic .
Putting Literary Flesh on Biblical Bones.
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In science:

We have always thought about our electronic journals as databases of digital articles, from which we can publish and syndicate articles one at a time, and we must now put flesh on those bones by developing practices that are consistent with the realities of article at a time publication online.
Fully Digital: Policy and Process Implications for the AAS
Balloon challenge, the Human Flesh Search engine and FoldIt.
FuturICT
The “Flesh” contains the parallel domain decomposition software, I/O, and various utilities. 2. A consistency test suite library to make sure that new thorns will not conflict with other parts of the code. 3.
Three Dimensional Numerical General Relativistic Hydrodynamics I: Formulations, Methods, and Code Tests
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