• WordNet 3.6
    • v fatten make fat or plump "We will plump out that poor starving child"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. i Fatten To grow fat or corpulent; to grow plump, thick, or fleshy; to be pampered. "And villains fatten with the brave man's labor."
    • Fatten To make fat; to feed for slaughter; to make fleshy or plump with fat; to fill full; to fat.
    • Fatten To make fertile and fruitful; to enrich; as, to fatten land; to fatten fields with blood.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • fatten To make fat; feed for slaughter; make fleshy or plump with fat.
    • fatten To enrich; make fertile and fruitful.
    • fatten To grow fat or corpulent; grow plump, thick, or fleshy.
    • fatten In poker, to add chips to (a jack-pot which was not opened on the previous deal).
    • fatten In skat, to discard valuable cards on (a partner's tricks).
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Fatten to make fat or fleshy: to make fertile
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  • Thomas Otway
    Thomas Otway
    “Honest men are the soft easy cushions on which knaves repose and fatten.”
  • Joel Chandler Harris
    Joel Chandler Harris
    “Watch out when you're getting all you want. Fattening hogs ain't in luck.”
  • John Howard
    John Howard
    “You can't fatten the pig on market day.”
  • Alexander Woollcott
    Alexander Woollcott
    “All the things I really like to do are either immoral, illegal, or fattening.”
  • Frank Tyger
    Frank Tyger
    “Swallow your pride occasionally, it's not fattening.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Fat (v. t.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. fæt; Ger. fett.


In literature:

When he had fattened him sufficiently, he poisoned him, laid hands upon his hoards, and recommenced the game.
"Renaissance in Italy, Volume 1 (of 7)" by John Addington Symonds
The people caught albatrosses and fattened them in the same manner which they had done when off Cape Horn.
"A Voyage to the South Sea" by William Bligh
Mamma spoke true; I have fattened up.
"Parisian Points of View" by Ludovic Halévy
The sacred rice is for sale at the temples, not only to feed but to fatten the holy pigeons.
"The Religions of Japan" by William Elliot Griffis
I am going to fatten her up and finish her cure.
"Hetty Gray" by Rosa Mulholland
When you have fattened him up a bit, teach him to feed the dogs.
"Macleod of Dare" by William Black
To fatten pigs, confine and feed them; to fatten rogues, cultivate a generous disposition.
"The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce, Volume 8" by Ambrose Bierce
The system of rearing and fattening stock in this colony is simple and economical.
"Statistical, Historical and Political Description of the Colony of New South Wales and its Dependent Settlements in Van Diemen's Land" by William Charles Wentworth
You may do this by fattening and dressing chickens for city folks, and by supplying regularly fresh country sausage, hams, lard and eggs.
"How To Write Special Feature Articles" by Willard Grosvenor Bleyer
It'll save us their grazing money this winter, and we can start fattening the tegs in the spring.
"Joanna Godden" by Sheila Kaye-Smith

In poetry:

Fattening through the endless summer,
Like his own provision ground,
He had reached the summum bonum
Which our latest wits have found.
"The Legend of La Brea" by Charles Kingsley
"How lean my bull amid the fattening vetch!
Alack! alack! for herdsman and for herd!
It is the self-same love that wastes us both."
"Eclogue 3: Menalcas Daemoetas Palaemon" by Publius Vergilius Maro
"How lean my bull amid the fattening vetch!
Alack! alack! for herdsman and for herd!
It is the self-same love that wastes us both."
"Eclogue III " by Virgil
You who grab for sordid gold,
You who fight for fame,
Shiny dross your fingers hold,
Empty is your aim.
—Soon we fatten graveyard mould,
Rich and poor the same.
"Contentment" by Robert W Service
Thanks be to Fate—though nor the racy vine,
Nor fattening olive, clothe the fields I rove,
Sequester'd shades and gurgling founts are mine,
And every sylvan grot the Muses love.
"Elegy XXI. Taking a View of the Country From His Retirement" by William Shenstone
Of the moon, manes to the wind,
Tireless, tied, as a moon-bound sea
Moves on its root. Though a mist-wraith wound
Up from the fissured valley and hung shoulder-high
Ahead, it fattened
"Hardcastle Crags" by Sylvia Plath

In news:

The problem with American business isn't gutless boards, management greed, strategy failure, or a well-fattened immobility created by the mirage benefits of acquisitions.
Dallas must fatten up on soft portion of schedule to position itself for stretch run.
I'm happy to report that the inshore fishing is pretty much the same as it has been for months with lots of reds all over the flats along with big trout and snook looking to fatten up.
Mayor's patronage army / Brown fattens payroll with loyalists, colleagues, friends.
Tight race, 'super PACs' fatten TV ad spending.
There are a few culinary tricks that can transform a familiarly fattening salad dressing into a low-fat imposter.
Many of these birds stage at the Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge, spending several weeks fattening up for the remainder of their trip south.
A huge flight of fattened mallards headed towards our small spot of wetland on their way back from one of the local barley fields where they had been feeding most of the morning.
BancorpSouth is banking on the insurance side of its financial services business to further fatten up non-interest revenues.
I, on the other hand, love the flavor, but would sacrifice a few things for something less fattening.
Scientists have come up with an idea that will make healthy foods taste as good as their fattening counterparts.
So I shrunk my cupcakes — not their size, but their fattening ingredients.
Ever wish you could eat favorite fattening foods without gaining weight.
They connect on smartphones and fatten themselves on everything from burgers at McDonald's to buffets at Whole Foods.
Entire mixes can be run through a stereo compressor to gel the sound and add a glue that really fattens up and enhances the sound of the mix WHEN USED GENTLY.

In science:

Lyons (1983), who showed that a “slight fattening of a quadrant in Z2” suffices to obtain transience.
Random Walks in Varying Dimensions
The pion masses with βimp = 7.3 or βconv = 5.5 with various valence quark actions in Table I show that the fattening of the link improves the flavor symmetry while the Naik term has little effect, in agreement with earlier studies in the quenched approximation[6, 8, 10].
Testing improved actions for dynamical Kogut-Susskind quarks
This improvement is due to the “fattening” and not due to the Naik term which only affects the dispersion relation.
Testing improved actions for dynamical Kogut-Susskind quarks
From the above observations one may conclude that the “fattening” of the fermion action is less effective for the the nonlocal pions which they get improved mostly because of the the gauge action improvement.
Testing improved actions for dynamical Kogut-Susskind quarks
Further “fattening” may be needed in order to significantly improve the nonlocal pions.
Testing improved actions for dynamical Kogut-Susskind quarks