• WordNet 3.6
    • n gruel a thin porridge (usually oatmeal or cornmeal)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: During Hell Week (the most grueling portion of training) the trainees get 4 hours of sleep.
    • n Gruel A light, liquid food, made by boiling meal of maize, oatmeal, or flour in water or milk; thin porridge.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n gruel A fluid or semi-liquid food, usually for infants or invalids, made by boiling meal or any farinaceous substance in water.
    • n gruel Hence Any pasty mess.
    • gruel To exhaust; use up; disable.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Gruel grōō′el a thin food made by boiling oatmeal in water.
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    “Living with a saint is more grueling than being one.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. gruel, F. gruau,; of German origin; cf. OHG. gruzzi, groats, G. grütze, As. grūt,. See Grout
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. gruel (Fr. gruau), groats—Low L. grutellum, dim. of grutum, meal—Old Low Ger. grut, groats, A.S. grút.


In literature:

"The Community Cook Book" by Anonymous
Not until all of his companions had drunk, and swallowed a few mouthfuls of the barley-gruel, did Jim himself partake of anything.
"The Boy Slaves" by Mayne Reid
On the small iron shelf I found a tin dish used by some previous occupant, and smeared inside and out with gruel.
"Bidwell's Travels, from Wall Street to London Prison" by Austin Biron Bidwell
Milk and gruel same as at 6 A. M., but four ounces only.
"The Eugenic Marriage, Vol 2 (of 4)" by W. Grant Hague
Will I make you some gruel or a cup of tea?
"Allison Bain" by Margaret Murray Robertson
They ate spaceman's gruel, heated on a little electric stove.
"The Planet Strappers" by Raymond Zinke Gallun
Stover, in the long grueling days of practice, had won the respect of all.
"The Varmint" by Owen Johnson
Thus we were haled before Mrs. Handsomebody, questioned, upbraided, and given, at last, a bowl of hot gruel apiece.
"Explorers of the Dawn" by Mazo de la Roche
She had brought a bowl of hot gruel on a little waiter.
"Captain Horace" by Sophie May
He ordered some sort of gruel for me, but wouldn't let me have meat and things.
"How Private George W. Peck Put Down The Rebellion or, The Funny Experiences of a Raw Recruit - 1887" by George W. Peck

In poetry:

But we mustered out, some to beer and gruel
And some to sherry and shad,
And I went back to the Sawbones School,
Where I still was an undergrad.
"Rags" by Edmund Vance Cooke
There was an old man of Tobago,
Who lived on rice, gruel and sago
Till, much to his bliss,
His physician said this -
To a leg, sir, of mutton you may go.
"Limerick: There was an old man of Tobago" by Edward Lear
There was an Old Person of Ewell,
Who chiefly subsisted on gruel;
But to make it more nice
He inserted some mice,
Which refreshed that Old Person of Ewell.
"Limerick:There was an Old Person of Ewell" by Edward Lear
I watch men thronging home, No work to do,
They idle all day long, Day after day. Slowly the sun goes down.
Rice gruel and dried plums,
The gruel is thin and white,
The plums blood-red.
"Slum Evening" by Toyohiko Kagawa
Listen, soldier, to the tale of the tender nightingale,
'Tis a charm that soon will ease your wounds so cruel,
Singing medicine for your pain, in a sympathetic strain,
With a jug, jug, jug of lemonade or gruel.
"Nightingale's Song to the Sick Soldier" by Anonymous British
On water-gruel he lives, and dies,—
For death makes free his soul for the skies;
And as for its carcass asleep,—
Into his muscles the surgeon pries;
For Science claims such cheap supplies,
Society's pay for his keep!
"A Dozen Ballads About White Slavery. X. Slop-Jobbing" by Martin Farquhar Tupper

In news:

The first Top of Zion Relay Race awesome & grueling .
Towanda's Harris Enters NFL's Supplemental Draft, Pios Prepare for Grueling Stretch.
Phelps will try to qualify for Olympics in the grueling 400 IM.
On grueling journey, Edmonds musher finds triumph.
Cavs ready for grueling week of postseason golf.
Without regard to one political party you may support, I cannot help but express concern about the grueling presidential campaign we are now witnessing.
Like so many of China's rural poor, Zhang Changhua and Chen Suqin left behind their infant children for grueling factory jobs in the city.
It can be a grueling affair, full of uninspiring displays of human behavior that can suck the joy right out of a person's holiday spirit.
A below-strength Illinois Racing Board, after a grueling day of testimony and deliberation, required two voice votes Sept 25 to approve a hotly contested schedule for 2013 live racing.
Nigel, the Iditarod Husky who bolted into the Alaska wilderness after his sled crashed about 200 miles into the grueling 1,100-mile Anchorage-to-Nome race, has been found.
INDIANAPOLIS — After a grueling and bitter campaign season, it can take a little Hoosier wisdom to put things in perspective .
FAIRBANKS — A trio of Fairbanksans competed in the Iron Man Cozumel in Mexico, with two of them completing the grueling event.
"I like to tell the seniors who were at Junction that we had four Junctions ," Crow said with a laugh of Bryant's grueling August camps in College Station, "and they only had one.
At 29 years old, he is not just attempting the Ironman competition, but a much more grueling feat, The World Cup Ultra-Triathlon in Mexico starting this weekend.
Before resting from the grueling presidential race, John McCain began discussing with senior aides what role he will play in the Senate now that he has promised to work with the man who defeated him for president.

In science:

The outcome of about a year of grueling discussions and trade studies as to the details of the mission, was to abandon servicing.
The Making of the Chandra X-ray Observatory: the Project Scientist's Perspective
Finally, we should mention that another motivation for the questions on ACM vector bundles comes from the conjectures of Buchweitz-Gruel-Schreyer (see [BGS], Conjecture B) on the triviality of low rank ACM bundles on hypersurfaces (see [R] for more details).
Arithmetically Cohen-Macaulay Bundles on complete intersection varieties of sufficiently high multidegree