Definition of Flesh
1. Noun. The soft tissue of the body of a vertebrate: mainly muscle tissue and fat.
2. Verb. Remove adhering flesh from (hides) when preparing leather manufacture.
3. Noun. Alternative names for the body of a human being. "The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak"
Group relationships: Individual, Mortal, Person, Somebody, Someone, Soul, Homo, Human, Human Being, Man
Generic synonyms: Body, Organic Structure, Physical Structure
Specialized synonyms: Person, Juvenile Body, Adult Body, Male Body, Female Body
Derivative terms: Anatomic, Anatomical, Anatomist
4. Noun. A soft moist part of a fruit.
Definition of Flesh
1. n. The aggregate of the muscles, fat, and other tissues which cover the framework of bones in man and other animals; especially, the muscles.
2. v. t. To feed with flesh, as an incitement to further exertion; to initiate; -- from the practice of training hawks and dogs by feeding them with the first game they take, or other flesh. Hence, to use upon flesh (as a murderous weapon) so as to draw blood, especially for the first time.
Definition of Flesh
1. Noun. The soft tissue of the body, especially muscle and fat. ¹
2. Noun. (context: by extension) Bare arms, bare legs, bare torso. ¹
3. Noun. (archaic) Animal tissue regarded as food; meat. ¹
4. Noun. The human body as a physical entity. ¹
5. Noun. (religion) The mortal body of a human being, contrasted with the spirit or soul. ¹
6. Noun. (religion) The evil and corrupting principle working in man. ¹
7. Noun. The skin of a human or animal. ¹
8. Noun. The soft, often edible, parts of fruits or vegetables. ¹
9. Noun. A yellowish pink colour; the colour of some Caucasian human skin. ¹
10. Verb. (transitive) To bury (something, especially a weapon) in flesh. ¹
11. Verb. (obsolete) To inure or habituate someone (term in) or (term to) a given practice. (defdate 16th-18th c.) ¹
12. Verb. To put flesh on; to fatten. ¹
13. Verb. To add details. ¹
14. Verb. to remove the flesh from the skin during the making of leather. ¹
¹ Source: wiktionary.com
Definition of Flesh
1. to plunge into the flesh (soft body tissue) [v -ED, -ING, -ES]
Medical Definition of Flesh
1. 1. The aggregate of the muscles, fat, and other tissues which cover the framework of bones in man and other animals; especially, the muscles. In composition it is mainly albuminous, but contains in adition a large number of crystalline bodies, such as creatine, xanthin, hypoxanthin, carnin, etc. It is also rich in phosphate of potash. 2. Animal food, in distinction from vegetable; meat; especially, the body of beasts and birds used as food, as distinguished from fish. "With roasted flesh, or milk, and wastel bread." (Chaucer) 3. The human body, as distinguished from the soul; the corporeal person. "As if this flesh, which walls about our life, Were brass impregnable." (Shak) 4. The human eace; mankind; humanity. "All flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth." (Gen. Vi. 12) 5. Human nature: In a good sense, tenderness of feeling; gentleness. "There is no flesh in man's obdurate heart." (Cowper) In a bad sense, tendency to transient or physical pleasure; desire for sensual gratification; carnality. The character under the influence of animal propensities or selfish passions; the soul unmoved by spiritual influences. 6. Kindred; stock; race. "He is our brother and our flesh." (Gen. Xxxvii. 27) 7. The soft, pulpy substance of fruit; also, that part of a root, fruit, and the like, which is fit to be eaten. Flesh is often used adjectively or self-explaining compounds; as, flesh broth or flesh-broth; flesh brush or fleshbrush; flesh tint or flesh-tint; flesh wound. After the flesh, after the manner of man; in a gross or earthly manner. "Ye judge after the flesh." An arm of flesh, human strength or aid. Flesh and blood. See Blood. Flesh broth, broth made by boiling flesh in water. Flesh fly, any insect larva of a flesh fly. See Flesh fly (above). Proud flesh. See Proud. To be one flesh, to be closely united as in marriage; to become as one person. Origin: OE. Flesch, flesc, AS. Flsc; akin to OFries. Flask, D. Vleesch, OS. Flsk, OHG. Fleisc, G. Fleisch, Icel. & Dan. Flesk lard, bacon, pork, Sw. Flask. 1. To feed with flesh, as an incitement to further exertion; to initiate; from the practice of training hawks and dogs by feeding them with the first game they take, or other flesh. Hence, to use upon flesh (as a murderous weapon) so as to draw blood, especially for the first time. "Full bravely hast thou fleshed Thy maiden sword." (Shak) "The wild dog Shall flesh his tooth on every innocent." (Shak) 2. To glut; to satiate; hence, to harden, to accustom. "Fleshed in triumphs." "Old soldiers Fleshed in the spoils of Germany and France." (Beau. & Fl) 3. To remove flesh, membrance, etc, from, as from hides. Origin: Fleshed; Fleshing. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)
Lexicographical Neighbors of Flesh
Literary usage of Flesh
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. Report by New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station Botanical Dept (1908)
"Relative Amount of flesh in Squashes. A study of the flesh content of vine squashes in particular has been begun as a factor in the advance toward better ..."
2. Proceedings by Philadelphia County Medical Society (1888)
"Cough, hectic, loss of flesh. Consolidation at right base ... Loss of flesh, cough, hemorrhage. Extensive disease of left lung, beginning consolidation of ..."
3. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London by Royal Society (Great Britain) (1892)
""On the Bases (Organic) in the Juice of flesh. ... in it are really due to changes taking place in the flesh during the processes of analysis—in short which ..."
4. The Ante-Nicene Fathers: Translations of the Writings of the Fathers Down to ...by Alexander Roberts, James Donaldson, Arthur Cleveland Coxe, Ernest Cushing Richardson, Allan Menzies, Bernhard Pick by Alexander Roberts, James Donaldson, Arthur Cleveland Coxe, Ernest Cushing Richardson, Allan Menzies, Bernhard Pick (1885)
"This truth, therefore, [he declares], in order that we may not reject the engrafting of the Spirit while pampering the flesh. " But thou, being a wild ..."
5. Twenty-five Village Sermons by Charles Kingsley (1854)
"I say, then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lusts of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, aud the Spirit against the flesh, ..."