• WordNet 3.6
    • v zest add herbs or spices to
    • n zest a tart spicy quality
    • n zest vigorous and enthusiastic enjoyment
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Zest A piece of orange or lemon peel, or the aromatic oil which may be squeezed from such peel, used to give flavor to liquor, etc.
    • Zest Hence, something that gives or enhances a pleasant taste, or the taste itself; an appetizer; also, keen enjoyment; relish; gusto. "Almighty Vanity! to thee they owe
      Their zest of pleasure, and their balm of woe."
      "Liberality of disposition and conduct gives the highest zest and relish to social intercourse.""Almighty Vanity! to thee they owe
      Their zest of pleasure, and their balm of woe."
      "Liberality of disposition and conduct gives the highest zest and relish to social intercourse."
    • Zest The woody, thick skin inclosing the kernel of a walnut.
    • Zest To cut into thin slips, as the peel of an orange, lemon, etc.; to squeeze, as peel, over the surface of anything.
    • Zest To give a relish or flavor to; to heighten the taste or relish of; as, to zest wine.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n zest The dry woody membrane covering or forming the partitions of a walnut or other nut or fruit, as an orange or a lemon.
    • n zest A piece of the outer rind of an orange or lemon used as a flavoring or for preserving; also, oil squeezed from such a rind to flavor liquor, etc.
    • n zest Relish imparted or afforded by anything; piquant nature or quality; agreeableness; charm; piquancy.
    • n zest Keen relish or enjoyment of anything; stimulated taste or interest; hearty satisfaction; gusto.
    • zest To add a zest or relish to; make piquant, literally or figuratively.
    • zest To cut, as the peel of an orange or a lemon from top to bottom into thin slips, or to squeeze, as orange-peel, over the surface of anything.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Zest zest something that gives a relish: relish.
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  • Don Marquis
    “Persian pussy from over the sea demure and lazy and smug and fat none of your ribbons and bells for me ours is the zest of the alley cat”
  • Antoine De Saint-Exupery
    “It is in the compelling zest of high adventure and of victory, and in creative action, that man finds his supreme joys.”
  • Antoine De Saint-Exupery
    “True happiness comes from the joy of deeds well done, the zest of creating things new.”
  • Henry Ward Beecher
    “Mirth is the sweet wine of human life. It should be offered sparkling with zestful life unto God.”
  • Elbert Hubbard
    “Forbid a man to think for himself or to act for himself and you may add the joy of piracy and the zest of smuggling to his life.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. zeste, probably fr. L. schistos, split, cleft, divided, Gr. , from to split, cleave. Cf. Schism
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. zeste, skin of an orange or lemon used to give a flavour—L. schistus—Gr. schistos, cleft, divided—schizein, to cleave.


In literature:

Does it add zest to your triumph, to think that I behold it?
"The Newcomes" by William Makepeace Thackeray
Nothing could exceed the zest with which every one seemed to enter into the rites of the kitchen.
"Devereux, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Of all our passions, is not Revenge the one into which enters with the most zest a devil?
"What Will He Do With It, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
He had forgotten Lord Hastings in the zest of his revenge.
"The Last Of The Barons, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Anecdote, jest, maxim, remark, interspersed, gave a zest and piquancy to the narration.
"Godolphin, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
But when Purcell vanished across the river into Manchester, the zest of Daddy's bookselling enterprise departed also.
"The History of David Grieve" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
All these arrangements had been made, as Desiree had prepared her trousseau, with a zest and gaiety which all were invited to enjoy.
"Barlasch of the Guard" by H. S. Merriman
After breakfast we felt better, and the zest of life soon came back.
"Roughing It, Part 4." by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
The zest of love is uncertainty.
"The Hunted Outlaw" by Anonymous
Since the war broke out, his zest for life has become almost terrible.
"Echoes of the War" by J. M. Barrie

In poetry:

And, as thou know'st, I eat and drink
With unabated zest.
And, though I love, no dream of thee
Hath kept me from my rest.
"Strephon's Song" by Ethel Clifford
Gay nature smil'd, the prayer she blest,
Selina softly sung;
And felt delight of higher zest;
She nurst the callow young.
"The Halcyon" by William Hayley
And rejoiceth all the senses,
And in every sorrowing breast
Poureth hope's refreshing balsam,
And on life bestows new zest.
"Punch Song (To be sung in the Northern Countries)" by Friedrich von Schiller
'The sad Pierrot
Lived here and loved,'—how will the story go?—
'Caught rapture from the moment's zest or woe,
One winter long ago.
"The Last Room" by Bliss William Carman
Yet I had visions once of yore,
Girlish imaginings of a zest,
A possible thrill,--but why run o'er
These fancies?--idle dreams, no more;
I will forget them, this is best.
"Two Ways To Love" by Susan Coolidge
There's a zest amidst hardship which some natures treasure
A charm on the prairies that care cannot cloy;
So, avaunt! ye dull follies of fashionable pleasure,
Give me the wild pleasures that ranchmen enjoy.
"The Ranchman's Song" by William Lawrence Chittenden

In news:

A zest to text lets the rude intrude .
Even without the hot sauce, this recipe has plenty of character and zest.
Citrus zest and mace create delicious shortbread.
We've Liked: Lobster rolls kicked up with lemon zest.
Gluten-Free Homemade Dried Plum, Almond, and Orange Zest Bar.
She also blogs at Zest & Thyme and would like to dedicate her premier story for The Atlantic to Ithaca Fine Chocolates.
2) In a food processor, blend together butter, 1/3 cup sugar, and 1 tablespoon lime zest.
Technology guru embraced life's pursuits with zest.
George Karl has always been an optimist, a man with a zest for life.
Nicole Kunkel's zest for life impacted countless people.
1 teaspoon grated lime zest, from 1 regular lime or 5 to 6 Key limes .
1/2 teaspoon lime zest or a splash of vanilla or both, optional.
Thin-Sliced Beans with Citrus Zest and Chives.
2 tablespoons finely grated fresh lime zest.
To make the topping, finely grate the zest from two of the tangerines and set aside.

In science:

We follow standard procedures (see, e.g., Mobasher et al. 2004) and quantify the reliability of the estimated redshifts, zest , by measuring the fractional error for each galaxy, ∆ ≡ (zest − zspec )(1 + zspec ).
Discovery of optically faint obscured quasars with Virtual Observatory tools
Finally, we dedicate this piece of work to the memory of the late Professor S´andor Cs¨org˝o, whose zest for life and enthusiasm for mathematics will always be a constant inspiration to us.
Longest convex chains
Erich’s sensitivity toward others, contagious zest for life, gentle spirit, fundamental contributions to statistics and remarkable contributions to human resources development, have been recorded, chronicled and honored through various mechanisms.
Erich Leo Lehmann---A glimpse into his life and work
We feel that the sections we have made can be of importance in farthing the field but our main criteria are that the results will have some educational value and that they add a bit of zest to our field.
Interesting,Surprising and Perhaps Amusing Results in Nuclear Physics Calculations Over the the Years
To deliver the zest of these methods we will formulate now two easy to state theorems.
Form discrete- to continuous-time ergodic theorems