• WordNet 3.6
    • v nourish provide with nourishment "We sustained ourselves on bread and water","This kind of food is not nourishing for young children"
    • v nourish give nourishment to
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Female mosquitos will obtain blood from humans and animals, but only to nourish their eggs. Their food actually consists of nectar and other plant juices.
    • n Nourish A nurse.
    • Nourish To cherish; to comfort. "Ye have nourished your hearts."
    • Nourish To educate; to instruct; to bring up; to nurture; to promote the growth of in attainments. "Nourished up in the words of faith."
    • Nourish To feed and cause to grow; to supply with matter which increases bulk or supplies waste, and promotes health; to furnish with nutriment. "He planteth an ash, and the rain doth nourish it."
    • Nourish To gain nourishment.
    • Nourish To promote growth; to furnish nutriment. "Grains and roots nourish more than their leaves."
    • Nourish To supply the means of support and increase to; to encourage; to foster; as, to nourish rebellion; to nourish the virtues. "Nourish their contentions."
    • Nourish To support; to maintain. "Whiles I in Ireland nourish a mighty band."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • nourish To nurse; suckle; bring up, as a child.
    • nourish To feed; supply (a living or organized body, animal or vegetable) with the material required to repair the waste accompanying the vital processes and to promote growth; supply with nutriment.
    • nourish To promote the growth or development of in any way; foster; cherish.
    • nourish To support; maintain, in a general sense; supply the means of support and increase to; encourage.
    • nourish To bring up; educate; instruct.
    • nourish To serve to promote growth; be nutritious.
    • nourish To gain nourishment.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Nourish nur′ish to suckle: to feed or bring up: to support: to help forward growth in any way: to encourage: to cherish: to educate
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  • John F. Kennedy
    “If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him.”
  • Napoleon Bonaparte
    “Courage is like love; it must have hope to nourish it.”
  • Virgil
    “Evil is nourished and grows by concealment.”
  • Mary Tyler Moore
    Mary Tyler Moore
    “Pain nourishes courage. You can't be brave if you've only had wonderful things happen to you.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Whenever you are sincerely pleased you are nourished.”
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt
    “I see one-third of a nation ill-housed, ill-clad, ill-nourished.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. norisen, norischen, OF. nurir, nurrir, norir, F. nourrir, fr. L. nutrire,. Cf. Nurse Nutriment, and see -ish
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. norir (Fr. nourrir)—L. nutrīre, to feed.


In literature:

Only a powerful blow was needed to weld these bodies into a common mass nourishing the spirit of colonial nationalism.
"History of the United States" by Charles A. Beard and Mary R. Beard
Whence did he obtain nourishment?
"I.N.R.I." by Peter Rosegger
The meat is so strong and nourishing, that it threatened to produce injurious effects.
"Narrative of a Mission to Central Africa Performed in the Years 1850-51, Volume 1" by James Richardson
That these Unions contribute greatly to nourish the bitter hatred of the workers against the property-holding class need hardly be said.
"The Condition of the Working-Class in England in 1844 with a Preface written in 1892" by Frederick Engels
The cow had lain down again, heavily, and he sat down by her side and stroked her head, grateful for the nourishment she had given him.
"The Works of Guy de Maupassant, Volume II (of 8)" by Guy de Maupassant
Doctors do have a hard life, and Miss Bell, she ought to have her nourishment too, if she's goin' to take care of your mother.
"By the Light of the Soul" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
They leave a pleasant taste in the mouth but afford no nourishment.
"The Vitalized School" by Francis B. Pearson
He fed on the stimulants of sweet dreams, and for the time they nourished as well as exhilarated.
"The Debtor" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
To be with Edith was to nourish the illusion of return.
"The Helpmate" by May Sinclair
And surely the Lord has furnished us, in his holy word, abundant food for our spiritual growth and nourishment.
"A Practical Directory for Young Christian Females" by Harvey Newcomb

In poetry:

Men failed, betrayed him, but his zeal seemed nourished
By failure and by fall;
Still a large faith in human-kind he cherished,
And in God's love for all.
"In Remembrance Of Joseph Sturge" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Without thy heat we could not live,
Then praise to God we ought to give;
For thou makest the fruits and provisions to grow,
To nourish all creatures on earth below.
"The Beautiful Sun" by William Topaz McGonagall
Shelley, the cloud-begot, who grew
Nourished on air and sun and dew,
Into that Essence whence he drew
His life and lyre
Was fittingly resolved anew
Through wave and fire.
"Shelley's Centenary" by William Watson
Had I an answer from a dear one's lips,
My love of life would soon regain its power;
And suckle my sweet dreams, that tug my heart,
And whimper to be nourished every hour.
"Love And The Muse" by William H Davies
When nature openeth her arms,
And smiling shews her beauteous charms;
Her bosom nourishes and warms
The plant and flower;
Likewise her pleasant voice alarms
The shady bower.
"The Praise Of B----" by Susannah Hawkins
Upon that tender eye, my little friend,
Soft sleep shall come, that cometh not to me!
I watch to see thee, nourish thee, defend;
'Tis sweet to watch for thee, alone for thee!
"The Child Asleep. (From The French)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

In news:

Bathtub Beach re- nourishment projects questioned.
Ruth O'Donnell's kale soup has nourished generations of her Provincetown family and friends.
Sated with the hot, nourishing and spicy brew the troops were inspired to defeat the English.
Aveeno Essentials Daily Nourishing Moisturizer.
Nourish A New Twist on The Basic Christmas Sugar Cookie .
A company that developed technology capable of creating water out of thin air nearly anywhere in the world is now under contract to nourish US soldiers serving in Iraq.
Reducing childhood obesity is the goal, while nourishing growing bodies.
Sometimes moisturizer just isn't enough to get the nourishing job done right.
16 Supper, offering a free, warm, nourishing meal, will begin at 5:00 PM.
Food for me isn't just about nourishing my body.
Plants support, nourish, beautify …and change lives.
It provides better nourishment, helps avoid obesity and protects the baby from infections.
Nourishing startups a key to job creation .
With the cost of feed so high, dairy farmers are keen to learn about any process that offers more efficient nourishment for their cows.
His latest book is Hunger and Happiness: Feeding the Hungry, Nourishing Our Souls.

In science:

Recent progress in muon cooling design studies and prototype tests nourishes the hope that such facilities can be built in the decade to come.
Muon Cooling and Future Muon Facilities: The Coming Decade
Under nourished - Suffer from health problems.
Mathematical Analysis of the Problems faced by the People With Disabilities (PWDs)
Such a polar gynandromorph mosquito has a female brain and will behave like a female sucking blood to nourish its nonexistent eggs.
A Developmental Network Theory of Gynandromorphs, Sexual Dimorphism and Species Formation
It was brought up by its doting parents on a nourishing diet of self-adjoint operators on a Hilbert space.
Bringing Up a Quantum Baby
This has nourished the expectation that most lens systems are in fact due to fairly simple mass distributions (a well-known exception is the system MG2016+112; see Nair & Garrett 1997).
Evidence for substructure in lens galaxies?