• WordNet 3.6
    • v diet eat sparingly, for health reasons or to lose weight
    • v diet follow a regimen or a diet, as for health reasons "He has high blood pressure and must stick to a low-salt diet"
    • n diet the act of restricting your food intake (or your intake of particular foods)
    • n diet the usual food and drink consumed by an organism (person or animal)
    • n diet a prescribed selection of foods
    • n diet a legislative assembly in certain countries (e.g., Japan)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Eighty percent of 10 year old girls in the USA go on a diet
    • Diet A course of food selected with reference to a particular state of health; prescribed allowance of food; regimen prescribed. "To fast like one that takes diet ."
    • n Diet A legislative or administrative assembly in Germany, Poland, and some other countries of Europe; a deliberative convention; a council; as, the Diet of Worms, held in 1521.The most celebrated Imperial Diets are the three following, all held under Charles V.: Diet of Worms, 1521, the object of which was to check the Reformation and which condemned Luther as a heretic; Diet of SpiresorDiet of Speyer , 1529, which had the same object and issued an edict against the further dissemination of the new doctrines, against which edict Lutheran princes and deputies protested (hence Protestants): Diet of Augsburg, 1530, the object of which was the settlement of religious disputes, and at which the Augsburg Confession was presented but was denounced by the emperor, who put its adherents under the imperial ban.
    • Diet Course of living or nourishment; what is eaten and drunk habitually; food; victuals; fare. "No inconvenient diet ."
    • Diet To cause to eat and drink sparingly, or by prescribed rules; to regulate medicinally the food of. "She diets him with fasting every day."
    • Diet To cause to take food; to feed.
    • Diet To eat according to prescribed rules; to ear sparingly; as, the doctor says he must diet .
    • Diet To eat; to take one's meals. "Let him . . . diet in such places, where there is good company of the nation, where he traveleth."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Dieting can cause bad breath since less saliva is produced which leads to dry mouth
    • n diet Food and drink; specifically, food considered in relation to its quality and effects: as, milk is a wholesome article of diet.
    • n diet A course of food regulated by a physician or by medical rules; food prescribed for the prevention or cure of disease, and limited in kind and quantity; dietetic regimen; dietary.
    • n diet Allowance of provision; supply of food.
    • n diet Allowance for expenses of living.
    • n diet Synonyms Subsistence, fare, provision.
    • n diet Regimen.
    • diet To provide diet or food for; feed; nourish.
    • diet To prescribe food for; regulate the food or regimen of.
    • diet To eat; feed.
    • diet To eat according to rules prescribed: as, to diet in an attack of dyspepsia.
    • n diet A meeting, as of dignitaries or delegates, held from day to day for legislative, political, ecclesiastical, or municipal purposes; meeting; session: specifically applied by English and French writers to the legislative assemblies in the German empire, Austria, etc. The Diet or Reichstag of the old Roman-German empire was the meeting of the estates. Its sessions often received specific titles from the places in which they were held: as, the Diets of Worms, 1495 and 1521; the Diet of Augsburg, 1530. The Diet sat in three colleges: that of the electoral princes; that of the princes, in two benches, the temporal and the spiritual; and that of the imperial cities. Each college deliberated by itself, the agreement of all three, with the assent of the emperor, being necessary. See Reichstag and Landtag.
    • n diet The discharge of some part of ministerial duty at a fixed time: as, a diet of examination; a diet of visitation.
    • n diet An excursion; a journey.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A diet high in fat is said to impede memory
    • n Diet dī′et mode of living, with especial reference to food: food prescribed by a physician: allowance of provisions
    • v.t Diet to furnish with food
    • v.i Diet to eat: to take food according to rule
    • n Diet course of diet: allowance of food, esp. in large institutions
    • n Diet dī′et an assembly of princes and delegates, the chief national council in several countries in Europe:
    • n Diet dī′et (Scots law) the proceedings under a criminal libel: a clerical or ecclesiastical function in Scotland, a diet of worship
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  • Jean Kerr
    Jean Kerr
    “I feel about airplanes the way I feel about diets. It seems to me that they are wonderful things for other people to go on.”
  • Francois De La Rochefoucauld
    “To safeguard one's health at the cost of too strict a diet is a tiresome illness indeed.”
  • Jonathan Swift
    “The best doctors in the world are Doctor Diet, Doctor Quiet, and Doctor Merryman.”
  • Barbara Cartland
    Barbara Cartland
    “The right diet directs sexual energy into the parts that matter.”
  • Totie Fields
    Totie Fields
    “I've been on a diet for two weeks and all I've lost is two weeks.”
  • Harry Kurnitz
    Harry Kurnitz
    “Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we may diet.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. diète, LL. dieta, diaeta, an assembly, a day's journey; the same word as diet, course of living, but with the sense changed by L. dies, day: cf. G. tag, day, and Reichstag
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. diete—Low L. diæta—Gr. diaita; or acc. to Littré, from L. dies, a (set) day, with which usage cf. Ger. tag, a day, reichstag.


In literature:

The diet should consist of milk, broths, or thin gruels, and plenty of water should be allowed.
"The Home Medical Library, Volume I (of VI)" by Various
Their diet is of the most nutritious kind, and they will not labor with much effect on any other than a strong, rich diet.
"Cotton is King and The Pro-Slavery Arguments" by Various
This Diet at once demanded certain measures of reform before they would make the desired pecuniary grants.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 6 of 8" by Various
The coasts abound with fish of an excellent quality, and this, with rice, forms the staple diet of the people.
"The Empire of the East" by H. B. Montgomery
The diet should be light and nourishing, easy of digestion, and taken in moderation.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
To prescribe a milk and vegetable diet, and to allow a prudent use of fermented liquors.
"North American Medical and Surgical Journal, Vol. 2, No. 3, July, 1826" by Various
The real movement for the full enfranchisement of women began in 1904, when bills were introduced in the Diet.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume VI" by Various
After the dew evaporated in the morning, they found this heavenly diet lying on the ground.
"Bible Romances" by George W. Foote
He was fed but scantily; and, from this spare diet, soon grew more active and fond of exercise.
"The History of Sandford and Merton" by Thomas Day
My attention has naturally been turned with anxious solicitude to the subject of diet, in all its forms.
"Vegetable Diet: As Sanctioned by Medical Men, and by Experience in All Ages" by William Andrus Alcott

In poetry:

The mean diet, no dainty fare;
True wisdom joined with simpleness;
The night discharged of all care,
Where wine the wit may not oppress;
"The Things That Cause A Quiet Life" by Henry Howard
You ask what means this grand display,
This festive throng, and goodly diet?
Well, since you're bound to have your way,
I don't mind telling, on the quiet.
"Horace To Phyllis" by Eugene Field
With cheese, not books, 'twas baited;
The fact—I'll not belie it—
Since none—I tell you that—
Whether scholar or rat,
Minds books when he has other diet.
"The Rape of the Trap. A Ballad" by William Shenstone
For this Liberal diet
Has filled him right out;
He has grown very quiet,
Exceedingly stout,
And he's taken a nap after dinner,
And has slept the session quite out.
"The Over-Fed Fuse" by C J Dennis
Like Daniel with due moderation eat,
And keep the flesh, by temp'rate diet, low,
Beware of wine, and of high-season'd meat,
Lest thou shou'dst wanton and rebellious grow.
"Advice, To Have One's Conversation and Demeanour Always According To The Rules Of The Gospel" by Rees Prichard
Yet this is not your physic, but your food,
A diet fit for you ; for you are here
The first good angel, since the world's frame stood,
That ever did in woman's shape appear.
"To The Countess Of Bedford I" by John Donne

In news:

Correction to This Article This column incorrectly said that Lars Kullerud, president of the University of the Arctic, researches the diets of the region's indigenous people.
Holidays bring diet-killing snacks, but you can fight the temptation without ruining all the fun.
Lesions on skull fragment indicate that meat was regular part of diet more than a million years ago.
Dieting for Dollars (or Maybe a Movie Ticket).
An expert panel at the Institute of Food Technologists' Wellness 12 meeting urged the food industry to find simple yet powerful language to tell consumers about the many benefits of a diet rich in phytonutrients.
Tim Harlan, aka Dr Gourmet, explains how researchers sought to confirm a study that linked diet to lower Alzheimer's risk.
Confirming the benefits of the Mediterranean diet.
INSTANT GRATIFICATION… A month into Squid's low-carb diet, Squid is slowly cultivating a thing called patience.
Sticking to a diet or routine can be hard enough when the only conflicts you have are with yourself — resisting that internal temptation to eat the whole bowl of spaghetti, or to watch TV when you should be going for your walk.
On the other hand, it could be great if you're on a diet.
But you'll never make it through a harsh winter on a diet like that.
The blue crab is a staple of the coastal diet, which makes crab fishing a traditional industry in these parts.
A Potomac couple develop a natural alternative to Diet Coke and get just the boost they craved .
Another factor in vitamin D deficiency is diet.
So it is with vegan diets for children.

In science:

Finally, the parameter λm,n describes the nonlinearity of the contribution of population m to the diet of population n.
Generalized models as a universal approach to the analysis of nonlinear dynamical systems
As an extreme example we could imagine a predator that requires exactly the right composition of its diet.
Generalized models as a universal approach to the analysis of nonlinear dynamical systems
Smith, who gives her advice on exercises and diet, and suggests that she try yoga.
Human Information Processing with the Personal Memex
She trains hard and tries to maintain a diet that will help her run longer and faster.
Human Information Processing with the Personal Memex
The simulation here accounts for mass loss from stars that explode as Type II supernovae, but not for the larger fraction of mass lost from intermediate-mass stars, which can be 0.3–0.4 at late times for a Kroupa (2001) or diet Salpeter IMF (Bell & de Jong 2001).
Galaxies in a Simulated $\Lambda$CDM Universe II: Observable Properties and Constraints on Feedback