2. To cause to eat and drink sparingly, or by prescribed rules; to regulate medicinally the food of.
She diets him with fasting every day.Spenser.
(Di"et), v. i.
1. To eat; to take one's meals. [Obs.]
Let him . . . diet in such places, where there is good company of the nation, where he traveleth.Bacon.
2. To eat according to prescribed rules; to ear sparingly; as, the doctor says he must diet.
(Di"et), n. [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.] 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.
(Di`e*ta"ri*an) n. One who lives in accordance with prescribed rules for diet; a dieter.
(Di"et*a*ry) a. Pertaining to diet, or to the rules of diet.
(Di"et*a*ry), n.; pl. Dietaries A rule of diet; a fixed allowance of food, as in workhouse, prison,
(Di"et*er) n. One who diets; one who prescribes, or who partakes of, food, according to hygienic
(Di`e*tet"ic Di`e*tet"ic*al) a. [Gr. : cf. F. diététique. See Diet.] Of or performance to diet, or to
the rules for regulating the kind and quantity of food to be eaten.
(Di`e*tet"ic*al*ly), adv. In a dietetical manner.
(Di`e*tet"ics) n. That part of the medical or hygienic art which relates to diet or food; rules for
To suppose that the whole of dietetics lies in determining whether or not bread is more nutritive than
(Di`e*tet"ist), n. A physician who applies the rules of dietetics to the cure of diseases. Dunglison.
(Di*eth`yl*am"ine) n. [Pref. di- + ethylamine.] (Chem.) A colorless, volatile, alkaline
liquid, NH(C2H5)2, having a strong fishy odor resembling that of herring or sardines. Cf. Methylamine.
(Di*et"ic) a. Dietetic.
(Di*et"ic*al) a. Dietetic. [R.] Ferrand.
(Di"et*ine) n. [Cf. F. diétine.] A subordinate or local assembly; a diet of inferior rank.
(Di"et*ist Di`e*ti"tian) n. One skilled in dietetics. [R.]
(Dif*fame`) n. [See Defame.] Evil name; bad reputation; defamation. [Obs.] Chaucer.
(Dif*far`re*a"tion) n. [L. diffarreatio; dif- = farreum a spelt cake. See Confarreation.] A
form of divorce, among the ancient Romans, in which a cake was used. See Confarreation.