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Flesh definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

FLESH, n. [I know not the primary sense; it may be soft.]
1. A compound substance forming a large part of an animal, consisting of the softer solids, as distinguished from the bones and the fluids. Under the general appellation of flesh, we include the muscles, fat, glands etc., which invest the bones and are covered with the skin. It is sometimes restricted to the muscles.
2. Animal food, in distinction from vegetable.
Flesh without being qualified with acids, is too alkalescent a diet.
3. The body of beasts and fowls used as food, distinct from fish. In Lent, the Catholics abstain from flesh, but eat fish.
4. The body, as distinguished from the soul.
As if this flesh, which walls about our life,
Were brass impregnable.
5. Animal nature; animals of all kinds.
The end of all flesh is come before me. Genesis 6.
6. Men in general; mankind.
My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh. Genesis 6.
7. Human nature.
The word was made flesh, and dwelt among us. John 1.
8. Carnality; corporeal appetites.
Fasting serves to mortify the flesh.
The flesh lusteth against the spirit. Galatians 5.
9. A carnal state; a state of unrenewed nature.
They that are in the flesh cannot please God. Romans 8.
10. The corruptible body of man, or corrupt nature.
Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God.
1 Corinthians 15.
11. The present life; the state of existence in this world.
To abide in the flesh is more needful for you. Philippians 1.
12. Legal righteousness, and ceremonial services.
What shall we then say that Abraham, our father as pertaining to the flesh, hath found? Romans 4. Galatians 3.
13. Kindred; stock; family.
He is our brother, and our flesh. Genesis 37.
14. In botany, the soft pulpy substance of fruit; also, that part of a root, fruit, etc., which is fit to be eaten.
One flesh, denotes intimate relation. To be one flesh is to be closely united, as in marriage. Genesis 2. Ephesians 5.
After the flesh, according to outward appearances, John 8
Or according to the common powers of nature. Gal
Or according to sinful lusts and inclinations. Romans 8.
An arm of flesh, human strength or aid.
FLESH, v.t.
1. To initiate; a sportsman's use of the word, from the practice of training hawks and dogs by feeding them with the first game they take or other flesh.
2. To harden; to accustom; to establish in any practice, as dogs by often feeding on any thing. Men fleshed in cruelty; women fleshed in malice.
3. To glut; to satiate.
The wild dog
Shall flesh his tooth on every innocent.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: the soft tissue of the body of a vertebrate: mainly muscle tissue and fat
2: alternative names for the body of a human being; "Leonardo studied the human body"; "he has a strong physique"; "the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak" [syn: human body, physical body, material body, soma, build, figure, physique, anatomy, shape, bod, chassis, frame, form, flesh]
3: a soft moist part of a fruit [syn: pulp, flesh] v
1: remove adhering flesh from (hides) when preparing leather manufacture

Merriam Webster's

I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English fl?sc; akin to Old High German fleisk flesh and perhaps to Old English fl?an to flay more at flay Date: before 12th century 1. a. the soft parts of the body of an animal and especially of a vertebrate; especially the parts composed chiefly of skeletal muscle as distinguished from internal organs, bone, and integument b. the condition of having ample fat on the body <cattle in good flesh> c. skin 2. a. edible parts of an animal b. flesh of a mammal or fowl eaten as food 3. a. the physical nature of human beings <the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak Matthew
26:41(Authorized Version)
> b. human nature 4. a. human beings ; mankind b. living beings c. stock, kindred 5. a fleshy plant part used as food; also the fleshy part of a fruit 6. Christian Science an illusion that matter has sensation 7. substance <insights buried in the flesh of the narrative Jan Carew> II. verb Date: 1530 transitive verb 1. to initiate or habituate especially by giving a foretaste 2. archaic gratify 3. a. to clothe or cover with or as if with flesh; broadly to give substance to usually used with out <flesh out a plan> b. to make fuller or more nearly complete used with out <museums fleshing out their collections with borrowed works> 4. to free from flesh intransitive verb to become fleshy often used with up or out

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. & v. --n. 1 a the soft, esp. muscular, substance between the skin and bones of an animal or a human. b plumpness; fat (has put on flesh). c archaic meat, esp. excluding poultry, game, and offal. 2 the body as opposed to the mind or the soul, esp. considered as sinful. 3 the pulpy substance of a fruit or a plant. 4 a the visible surface of the human body with ref. to its colour or appearance. b (also flesh-colour) a yellowish pink colour. 5 animal or human life. --v.tr. 1 embody in flesh. 2 incite (a hound etc.) by the taste of blood. 3 initiate, esp. by aggressive or violent means, esp.: a use (a sword etc.) for the first time on flesh. b use (wit, the pen, etc.) for the first time. c inflame (a person) by the foretaste of success. Phrases and idioms: all flesh all human and animal creation. flesh and blood --n. 1 the body or its substance. 2 humankind. 3 human nature, esp. as being fallible. --adj. actually living, not imaginary or supernatural. flesh-fly (pl. -flies) any fly of the family Sarcophagidae that deposits eggs or larvae in dead flesh. flesh out make or become substantial. flesh side the side of a hide that adjoined the flesh. flesh tints flesh-colours as rendered by a painter. flesh-wound a wound not reaching a bone or a vital organ. in the flesh in bodily form, in person. lose (or put on) flesh grow thinner or fatter. make a person's flesh creep frighten or horrify a person, esp. with tales of the supernatural etc. one flesh (of two people) intimately united, esp. by virtue of marriage (Gen.
2:24). one's own flesh and blood near relatives; descendants. sins of the flesh unchastity. the way of all flesh experience common to all mankind. Derivatives: fleshless adj. Etymology: OE flæsc f. Gmc

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Flesh Flesh, n. [OE. flesch, flesc, AS. fl?sc; akin to OFries. fl[=a]sk, D. vleesch, OS. fl?sk, OHG. fleisc, G. fleisch, Icel. & Dan. flesk lard, bacon, pork, Sw. fl["a]sk.] 1. The aggregate of the muscles, fat, and other tissues which cover the framework of bones in man and other animals; especially, the muscles. Note: In composition it is mainly albuminous

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Flesh Flesh, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Fleshed; p. pr. & vb. n. Fleshing.] 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.'' --Glanvill. Old soldiers Fleshed in the spoils of Germany and France. --Beau. & Fl. 3. (Leather Manufacture) To remove flesh, membrance, etc., from, as from hides.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(fleshes, fleshing, fleshed) 1. Flesh is the soft part of a person's or animal's body between the bones and the skin. ...maggots which eat away dead flesh. ...the pale pink flesh of trout and salmon. 2. You can use flesh to refer to human skin and the human body, especially when you are considering it in a sexual way. ...the sins of the flesh. 3. The flesh of a fruit or vegetable is the soft inside part of it. Cut the flesh from the olives and discard the stones. 4. You use flesh and blood to emphasize that someone has human feelings or weaknesses, often when contrasting them with machines. I'm only flesh and blood, like anyone else. PHRASE [emphasis] 5. If you say that someone is your own flesh and blood, you are emphasizing that they are a member of your family. The kid, after all, was his own flesh and blood. He deserved a second chance. PHRASE: usu v-link PHR [emphasis] 6. If something makes your flesh creep or makes your flesh crawl, it makes you feel disgusted, shocked or frightened. It makes my flesh creep to think of it... I was heading on a secret mission that made my flesh crawl. PHRASE: make inflects 7. If you meet or see someone in the flesh, you actually meet or see them, rather than, for example, seeing them in a film or on television. The first thing viewers usually say when they see me in the flesh is 'You're smaller than you look on TV.' PHRASE: usu PHR after v, v-link PHR

Easton's Bible Dictionary

in the Old Testament denotes (1) a particular part of the body of man and animals (Gen. 2:21; 41:2; Ps. 102:5, marg.); (2) the whole body (Ps. 16:9); (3) all living things having flesh, and particularly humanity as a whole (Gen. 6:12, 13); (4) mutability and weakness (2 Chr. 32:8; comp. Isa. 31:3; Ps. 78:39). As suggesting the idea of softness it is used in the expression "heart of flesh" (Ezek. 11:19). The expression "my flesh and bone" (Judg. 9:2; Isa. 58:7) denotes relationship.

In the New Testament, besides these it is also used to denote the sinful element of human nature as opposed to the "Spirit" (Rom. 6:19; Matt. 16:17). Being "in the flesh" means being unrenewed (Rom. 7:5; 8:8, 9), and to live "according to the flesh" is to live and act sinfully (Rom. 8:4, 5, 7, 12).

This word also denotes the human nature of Christ (John 1:14, "The Word was made flesh." Comp. also 1 Tim. 3:16; Rom. 1:3).

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

@basar, she'er):

1. Etymology:

Used in all senses of the word, the latter, however, most frequently in the sense of kin, family, relationship (compare sha'arah, "kins-woman," Le 18:17): Le 18:6; 25:49; Pr 11:17; Jer 51:35, and probably Ps 73:26. In all other places she'er means "flesh" = body (Pr 5:11) or = food (Ps 78:20,27; Mic 3:2,3). Tibhchah, is "(slaughtered) flesh for food," "butcher's meat" (1Sa 25:11). The word 'eshpar, found only in two parallel passages (2Sa 6:19 = 1Ch 16:3), is of very uncertain meaning. The English versions translate it with "a good piece (portion) of flesh," the Vulgate (Jerome's Latin Bible, 390-405 A.D.) with "a piece of roast meat," others with "a portion of flesh" and "a measure of wine." It probably means simply "a measured portion." lachum, literally, "eaten," then food (compare lechem, "bread"), has been rarely specialized as flesh or meat (compare Arabic lachm, "meat," "flesh," so in Ze 1:17, where it stands in parallelism with "blood"). The Greek terms are sarx, and kreas, the latter always meaning "butcher's meat" (Ro 14:21; 1Co 8:13).

We can distinguish the following varieties of meaning in Biblical language:

2. Ordinary Sense:

In a physical sense, the chief substance of the animal body, whether used for food and sacrifice, or not; also the flesh of man (Ge 2:21; Ex 21:10; Isa 31:3; Eze 23:20; 1Co 15:39; Re 19:18,21).

3. The Body:

The whole body. This meaning is the extension of the preceding (pars pro toto). This is indicated by the Septuagint, where basar is often translated by the plural hai sarkes (Ge 40:19; Nu 12:12; Job 33:25), and occasionally by soma, i.e. "body" (Le 15:2; 1Ki 21:27). This meaning is also very clear in passages like the following: Ex 4:7; Le 17:14; Nu 8:7; 2Ki 4:34; Pr 5:11, where basar and she'er are combined; and Pr 14:30; Ec 12:12.

4. The Term "All Flesh":

Flesh, as the common term for living things, animals and men, especially the latter (Ge 6:13,17,19; Nu 16:22; Jer 12:12; Mr 13:20); often in the phrase "all flesh" (Ps 65:2; Isa 40:5,6; Jer 25:31; Eze 20:48; Joe 2:28; Lu 3:6).

5. As Opposed to the Spirit:

Flesh as opposed to the spirit, both of which were comprised in the preceding meaning (Ge 6:3; Ps 16:9; Lu 24:39, where "flesh and bones" are combined; Joh 6:63). Thus we find in Joh 1:14, "The Word became flesh"; 1Ti 3:16, "He who was manifested in the flesh"; 1 Joh 4:2, and all passages where the incarnation of Christ is spoken of. The word in this sense approaches the meaning of "earthly life," as in Php 1:22,24, "to live in the flesh," "to abide in the flesh"; compare Phm 1:16 and perhaps 2Co 5:16. Under this meaning we may enumerate expressions such as "arm of flesh" (2Ch 32:8; Jer 17:5), "eyes of flesh" (Job 10:4), etc. Frequently the distinction is made to emphasize the weakness or inferiority of the flesh, as opposed to the superiority of the spirit (Isa 31:3; Mt 26:41; Mr 14:38; Ro 6:19). In this connection we mention also the expression "flesh and blood," a phrase borrowed from rabbinical writings and phraseology (see also Sirach 14:18, "the generation of flesh and blood," and 17:31, "man whose desire is flesh and blood" the King James Version). The expression does not convey, as some have supposed, the idea of inherent sinfulness of the flesh (a doctrine borrowed by Gnostic teachers from oriental sources), but merely the idea of ignorance and frailty in comparison with the possibilities of spiritual nature. The capabilities of our earthly constitution do not suffice to reveal unto us heavenly truths; these must always come to us from above.

So Peter's first recognition of the Divine sonship of Jesus did not proceed from a logical conviction based upon outward facts acting upon his mind, but was based upon a revelation from God vouchsafed to his inner consciousness. Christ says therefore to him: "Blessed art thou, Simon Bar- Jonah: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father who is in heaven" (Mt 16:17). Similarly the kingdom of God, being a realm of perfect spiritual submission to God, cannot be inherited by flesh and blood (1Co 15:50), nor was the richly endowed mind a competent tribunal to which Paul could refer his heaven-wrought conviction of his great salvation and the high calling to be a witness and apostle of Christ, so he did well that he "conferred not with flesh and blood" (Ga 1:16). That "flesh and blood" does not imply a sense of inherent sinfulness is moreover shown in all passages where Christ is declared a partaker of such nature (Eph 6:12; Heb 2:14, where, however, we find in the original text the inverted phrase "blood and flesh").

6. Applied to the Carnal Nature:

Flesh in the sense of carnal nature (sarkikos, "carnal"; the King James Version uses sarkinos in Ro 7:14). Human nature, being inferior to the spiritual, is to be in subjection to it. If man refuses to be under this higher law, and as a free agent permits the lower nature to gain an ascendancy over the spirit, the "flesh" becomes a revolting force (Ge 6:3,12; Joh 1:13; Ro 7:14; 1Co 3:1,3; Col 2:18; 1 Joh 2:16). Thus, the fleshly or carnal mind, i.e. a mind in subjection to carnal nature, is opposed to the Divine spirit, who alone is a sufficient corrective, Christ having secured for us the power of overcoming (Ro 8:3), if we manifest a deep desire and an earnest endeavor to overcome (Ga 5:17,18).

7. In the Sense of Relationship:

Flesh in the sense of relationship, tribal connection, kith and kin. For examples, see what has been said above on Hebrew she'er. The following passages are a few of those in which basar is used: Ge 2:24; 37:27; Job 2:5; compare the New Testament passages: Mt 19:5,6; Ro 1:3; 9:3,5,8. The expressions "bone" and "flesh" are found in combination (Ge 2:23; 29:14; Jud 9:2; 2Sa 5:1; 19:12,13; Eph 5:31, the latter in some manuscripts only).

8. Other Meanings:

Some other subdivisions of meanings might be added, for example where "flesh" takes almost the place of "person," as in Col 2:1: "as many as have not seen my face in the flesh," i.e. have not known me personally, or 2:5, "absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit," etc.

H. L. E. Luering

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. 1. Muscle and fat (of animal bodies). 2. Meat, animal food. 3. Pulp, edible part (of fruit). 4. Body (as opposed to spirit), flesh and blood, natural man (as opposed to the spiritual). 5. Carnality, sensual appetites, bodily desires. 6. Kindred, stock, race. 7. Mankind, man, the world.

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