Easy-chair to Eccentric
(Eas"y-chair`) n. An armchair for ease or repose. "Laugh . . . in Rabelais' easy-chair."
(Eas"y-go`ing) a. Moving easily; hence, mild-tempered; ease-loving; inactive.
(Eat) v. t. [imp. Ate Obsolescent & Colloq. Eat (et); p. p. Eaten Obs. or Colloq. Eat (et); p.
pr. & vb. n. Eating.] [OE. eten, AS. etan; akin to OS. etan, OFries. eta, D. eten, OHG. ezzan, G.
essen, Icel. eta, Sw. äta, Dan. æde, Goth. itan, Ir. & Gael. ith, W. ysu, L. edere, Gr. 'e`dein, Skr.
ad. &radic6. Cf. Etch, Fret to rub, Edible.]
1. To chew and swallow as food; to devour; said especially of food not liquid; as, to eat bread. "To
eat grass as oxen." Dan. iv. 25.
They . . . ate the sacrifices of the dead.Ps. cvi. 28.
The lean . . . did eat up the first seven fat kine.Gen. xli. 20.
The lion had not eaten the carcass.1 Kings xiii. 28.
With stories told of many a feat,Milton.
How fairy Mab the junkets eat.
The island princes overboldTennyson.
Have eat our substance.
His wretched estate is eaten up with mortgages.Thackeray.
2. To corrode, as metal, by rust; to consume the flesh, as a cancer; to waste or wear away; to destroy
gradually; to cause to disappear.
To eat humble pie. See under Humble. To eat of (partitive use). "Eat of the bread that can not
waste." Keble. To eat one's words, to retract what one has said. (See the Citation under Blurt.)
To eat out, to consume completely. "Eat out the heart and comfort of it." Tillotson. To eat the
wind out of a vessel (Naut.), to gain slowly to windward of her.
Syn. To consume; devour; gnaw; corrode.
(Eat), v. i.
1. To take food; to feed; especially, to take solid, in distinction from liquid, food; to board.
He did eat continually at the king's table.2 Sam. ix. 13.
2. To taste or relish; as, it eats like tender beef.
3. To make one's way slowly.
To eat, To eat in or into, to make way by corrosion; to gnaw; to consume. "A sword laid by, which
eats into itself." Byron. To eat to windward (Naut.), to keep the course when closehauled with but
little steering; said of a vessel.
(Eat"a*ble) a. Capable of being eaten; fit to be eaten; proper for food; esculent; edible. n.
Something fit to be eaten.
(Eat"age) n. Eatable growth of grass for horses and cattle, esp. that of aftermath.
(Eat"er) n. One who, or that which, eats.
(Eath) a. & adv. [AS. eáðe.] Easy or easily. [Obs.] "Eath to move with plaints." Fairfax.