dict.org

The DICT Development Group


Search for:
Search type:
Database:

Database copyright information
Server information


2 definitions found
 for Starving
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Starve \Starve\ (st[aum]rv), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Starved
     (st[aum]rvd); p. pr. & vb. n. Starving.] [OE. sterven to
     die, AS. steorfan; akin to D. sterven, G. sterben, OHG.
     sterban, Icel. starf labor, toil.]
     1. To die; to perish. [Obs., except in the sense of perishing
        with cold or hunger.] --Lydgate.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              In hot coals he hath himself raked . . .
              Thus starved this worthy mighty Hercules. --Chaucer.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. To perish with hunger; to suffer extreme hunger or want;
        to be very indigent.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              Sometimes virtue starves, while vice is fed. --Pope.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     3. To perish or die with cold. --Spenser.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              Have I seen the naked starve for cold? --Sandys.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              Starving with cold as well as hunger. --W. Irving.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     Note: In this sense, still common in England, but rarely used
           in the United States.
           [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  starving
      adj 1: suffering from lack of food [syn: starved, starving]
      n 1: the act of depriving of food or subjecting to famine; "the
           besiegers used starvation to induce surrender"; "they were
           charged with the starvation of children in their care"
           [syn: starvation, starving]

Contact=webmaster@dict.org Specification=RFC 2229