I. noun Etymology: Middle English vitaille, victuayle, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin victualia, plural, provisions, victuals, from neuter plural of victualis of nourishment, from Latin victus nourishment, way of living, from vivere to live — more at quick Date: 15th century 1. food usable by people 2. plural supplies of food ; provisions II. verb (-ualed or -ualled; -ualing or -ualling) Date: 1558 transitive verb to supply with food intransitive verb 1. eat 2. to lay in provisions

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  • Victual — Vict ual, n. 1. Food; now used chiefly in the plural. See {Victuals}. 2 Chron. xi. 23. Shak. [1913 Webster] He was not able to keep that place three days for lack of victual. Knolles. [1913 Webster] There came a fair hair d youth, that in his… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Victual — Vict ual, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Victualed}or {Victualled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Victualing} or {Victualling}.] To supply with provisions for subsistence; to provide with food; to store with sustenance; as, to victual an army; to victual a ship. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • victual — index nurture, supply Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • victual — dated ► NOUN (victuals) ▪ food or provisions. ► VERB (victualled, victualling; US victualed, victualing) ▪ provide with food or other stores. ORIGIN Latin victualis, from victus food ; the pronunciation repr …   English terms dictionary

  • victual — [vit′ l] n. [ME vitaille, provisions < MFr < LL victualia, provisions < L victualis, of food < victus, food < pp. of vivere, to live: see BIO ] 1. Now Chiefly Dial. food or other provisions 2. [pl.] [Informal or Dial.] Informal… …   English World dictionary

  • victual — {{11}}victual (n.) c.1300; see VICTUALS (Cf. victuals). {{12}}victual (v.) c.1300, from Anglo Fr. or O.Fr. vitailler, from vitaille (see VICTUALS (Cf. victuals)). Related: Victualed; victualing …   Etymology dictionary

  • victual — victualless, adj. /vit l/, n., v., victualed, victualing or (esp. Brit.) victualled, victualling. n. 1. victuals, food supplies; provisions. 2. food or provisions for human beings. v.t. 3. to supply with victuals. v.i. 4. to take or obtain… …   Universalium

  • victual — 1. noun /ˈvɪtəl/ Food fit for human consumption. 2. verb /ˈvɪtəl/ a) To provide with food; to provision. b) To lay in food supplies. See Also …   Wiktionary

  • victual — (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun Something fit to be eaten: aliment, bread, comestible, diet, edible, esculent, fare, food, foodstuff, meat, nourishment, nurture, nutriment, nutrition, pabulum, pap, provender, provision (used in plural), sustenance.… …   English dictionary for students

  • victual — vict|ual [ˈvıtl] v [T] to supply a large number of people with food …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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