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food; nutritive material.


1. Synonym(s): nourishment
2. In sensorimotor theory, that which is assimilated to a schema; analogous to a stimulus.
[L. alo, to nourish]


1. Something that nourishes; food.
2. Something that supports or sustains.
tr.v. (-mĕnt′) ali·mented, ali·menting, ali·ments
To supply with sustenance, such as food: required by court order to aliment the abandoned family.

al′i·men′tal (-mĕn′tl) adj.
al′i·men′tal·ly adv.


A substance used to feed or to sustain life and growth of an organism.
Synonym(s): aliment.
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Perhaps the strongest chapter explores "Temperance and Temptation: The Alimental Vision in Paradise Lost." Like Herbert, Milton had a lifelong concern with diet and temperance, believing that his blindness was caused in part by digestive problems.
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