Pronunciation: (mēt), [key]
1. the flesh of animals as used for food.
2. the edible part of anything, as a fruit or nut: Crack the walnuts and remove the meats.
3. the essential point or part of an argument, literary work, etc.; gist; crux: The meat of the play is the jealousy between the two brothers.
4. solid food: meat and drink.
5. solid or substantial content; pith: The article was full of meat, with few wasted words.
6. a favorite occupation, activity, etc.: Chess in his meat.
7. Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S.pork, esp. bacon.
8. Slang (vulgar). penis.
9. Archaic.the principal meal: to say grace before meat.
10. piece of meat, Slang.
a. a person regarded merely as a sex object.
b. a person, as a prizefighter or laborer, regarded merely as a strong or useful physical specimen.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.