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 for Eating
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Eat \Eat\ ([=e]t), v. t. [imp. Ate ([=a]t; 277), Obsolescent &
     Colloq. Eat ([e^]t); p. p. Eaten ([=e]t"'n), Obs. or
     Colloq. Eat ([e^]t); p. pr. & vb. n. Eating.] [OE. eten,
     AS. etan; akin to OS. etan, OFries. eta, D. eten, OHG. ezzan,
     G. essen, Icel. eta, Sw. [aum]ta, Dan. [ae]de, Goth. itan,
     Ir. & Gael. ith, W. ysu, L. edere, Gr. 'e`dein, Skr. ad.
     [root]6. 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.
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              They . . . ate the sacrifices of the dead. --Ps.
                                                    cvi. 28.
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              The lean . . . did eat up the first seven fat kine.
                                                    --Gen. xli.
                                                    20.
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              The lion had not eaten the carcass.   --1 Kings
                                                    xiii. 28.
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              With stories told of many a feat,
              How fairy Mab the junkets eat.        --Milton.
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              The island princes overbold
              Have eat our substance.               --Tennyson.
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              His wretched estate is eaten up with mortgages.
                                                    --Thackeray.
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     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.
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     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.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Eating \Eat"ing\, n.
     1. The act of tasking food; the act of consuming or
        corroding.
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     2. Something fit to be eaten; food; as, a peach is good
        eating. [Colloq.]
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     Eating house, a house where cooked provisions are sold, to
        be eaten on the premises.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  eating
      n 1: the act of consuming food [syn: eating, feeding]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  47 Moby Thesaurus words for "eating":
     cannibal, cannibalistic, carnivorous, commensal, dietetic, dining,
     drinking, engorgement, engulfment, feeding, flesh-eating,
     fruitarian, gastronomic, gluttonous, grain-eating, graminivorous,
     granivorous, grass-eating, gulp, gulping, herbivorous, imbibition,
     ingestion, ingurgitation, insect-eating, insectivorous,
     lactovegetarian, man-eating, meat-eating, mensal, nourishing,
     nutritious, omnivorous, omophagous, pantophagous, phytivorous,
     phytophagous, plant-eating, postprandial, prandial, predacious,
     preprandial, slurp, swallow, swallowing, vegetable-eating,
     vegetarian
  
  

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary :

  Eating
     The ancient Hebrews would not eat with the Egyptians (Gen.
     43:32). In the time of our Lord they would not eat with
     Samaritans (John 4:9), and were astonished that he ate with
     publicans and sinners (Matt. 9:11). The Hebrews originally sat
     at table, but afterwards adopted the Persian and Chaldean
     practice of reclining (Luke 7:36-50). Their principal meal was
     at noon (Gen. 43:16; 1 Kings 20:16; Ruth 2:14; Luke 14:12). The
     word "eat" is used metaphorically in Jer. 15:16; Ezek. 3:1; Rev.
     10:9. In John 6:53-58, "eating and drinking" means believing in
     Christ. Women were never present as guests at meals (q.v.).
     

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