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  • There was a fat man
    There was a fat man
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj fat having an (over)abundance of flesh "he hadn't remembered how fat she was"
    • adj fat containing or composed of fat "fatty food","fat tissue"
    • adj fat marked by great fruitfulness "fertile farmland","a fat land","a productive vineyard","rich soil"
    • adj fat lucrative "a juicy contract","a nice fat job"
    • adj fat having a relatively large diameter "a fat rope"
    • v fat make fat or plump "We will plump out that poor starving child"
    • n fat excess bodily weight "she disliked fatness in herself as well as in others"
    • n fat a kind of body tissue containing stored fat that serves as a source of energy; it also cushions and insulates vital organs "fatty tissue protected them from the severe cold"
    • n fat a soft greasy substance occurring in organic tissue and consisting of a mixture of lipids (mostly triglycerides) "pizza has too much fat"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Who's that fat man, Dad Who's that fat man, Dad
Polish up the spoons and the fat silver teapot Polish up the spoons and the fat silver teapot

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There are approximately 45 billion fat cells in an average adult
    • Fat A large tub, cistern, or vessel; a vat. "The fats shall overflow with wine and oil."
    • Fat A measure of quantity, differing for different commodities.
    • Fat Abounding in riches; affluent; fortunate. "Persons grown fat and wealthy by long impostures."
    • Fat Abounding with fat
    • Fat (Physiol. Chem) An oily liquid or greasy substance making up the main bulk of the adipose tissue of animals, and widely distributed in the seeds of plants. See Adipose tissue, under Adipose.
    • Fat Exhibiting the qualities of a fat animal; coarse; heavy; gross; dull; stupid. "Making our western wits fat and mean.""Make the heart of this people fat ."
    • Fat Fertile; productive; as, a fat soil; a fat pasture.
    • Fat Fleshy; characterized by fatness; plump; corpulent; not lean; as, a fat man; a fat ox.
    • Fat (Typog) Of a character which enables the compositor to make large wages; -- said of matter containing blank, cuts, or many leads, etc.; as, a fat take; a fat page.
    • Fat Oily; greasy; unctuous; rich; -- said of food.
    • Fat Rich; producing a large income; desirable; as, a fat benefice; a fat office; a fat job. "Now parson of Troston, a fat living in Suffolk."
    • Fat The best or richest productions; the best part; as, to live on the fat of the land.
    • v. i Fat To grow fat, plump, and fleshy. "An old ox fats as well, and is as good, as a young one."
    • v. t Fat To make fat; to fatten; to make plump and fleshy with abundant food; as, to fat fowls or sheep. "We fat all creatures else to fat us."
    • Fat (Typog) Work. containing much blank, or its equivalent, and, therefore, profitable to the compositor.
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Penguins feathers are covered in fat, which helps keep them warm.
    • fat Having much flesh other than muscle; having an unusual amount of flesh; corpulent; obese: as, a fat man; a fat ox.
    • fat Containing the substance called fat (see II.); containing or consisting of fat, oil, or grease; oily; greasy; unctuous: as, a fat dish; fat cheese.
    • fat Hence Containing much resin; resinous: as, fat pine.
    • fat Containing much plastic or unctuous matter; pinguid: said of clay which is free from intermingled sand, and consequently highly plastic; or of lime made from limestone which contains but a small amount (ten per cent. or less) of the ordinary impurities of limestone — silica, alumina, oxid of iron, etc.
    • fat Having or showing, in mind or movement, the qualities of a fat animal; heavy; dull; stupid.
    • fat Well supplied with what is needful or desired; abounding in comforts; prosperous.
    • fat Abundant in production, or yielding large profits; rich in results or yield; profitable.
    • fat Nautical, broad, as the quarter of a ship.
    • n fat A white or yellowish oily solid substance forming the chief part of the adipose tissue of animals, and also found in plants. In chemistry the fats are odorless, tasteless, colorless or white bodies, which may be either solid or liquid. They are insoluble in water and cold alcohol, but dissolve freely in ether, chloroform, and benzine. The solid neutral fats, like spermaceti, suet, and lard, and the liquid non-volatile oils, like sperm- and olive-oil, are classed together as fats. They are compound ethers formed by the union of fatty acids with the triatomic alcohol glycerin. They are composed of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen, but contain no nitrogen. The most common and abundant are stearin, palmitin. and olein. Of these stearin and palmitin are solids at ordinary temperatures, and olein is a liquid. Most animal and vegetable fats are mixtures of two or more of the simple fats, and their hardness depends largely on the relative quantity of olein or other liquid fat in them. When a fat is treated with an alkali, the fatty acid unites with the alkaline base, making a soap, and glycerin is set free. When a soap is treated with an acid, the base is taken from the fatty acid which is thus set free.
    • n fat The best or richest part of a thing.
    • n fat In type-setting, work which for any reason is unusually profitable to the compositor. See fat work, above.
    • fat To make fat; fatten.
    • fat To become fat; grow fat.
    • n fat A large open vessel for water, wine, or other liquids; a tub; a cistern: now usually vat (which see).
    • n fat A dry measure, generally equal to 9 bushels. The statement sometimes met with that a fat was 14 bushels arose simply from a misprint of 56 for 36 (the number of bushels in a chaldron). The Swedish fat is only 158 liters.
    • fat In painting, rich; full of color.
    • n fat A local Australian term for fat or marketable cattle.
    • fat In leather-manuf, to smear over with a heavy oil.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Reindeer milk has more fat than cow milk.
    • adj Fat fat plump, fleshy: fruitful, esp. profitable: gross: thick, full-bodied, esp. of printing-types
    • n Fat an oily substance under the skin: solid animal oil: the richest part of anything
    • v.t Fat to make fat
    • v.i Fat to grow fat:—pr.p. fat′ting; pa.p. fat′ted
    • adj Fat small and fat
    • v.i Fat to grow fat
    • n Fat fat a vessel for holding liquids: a vat: a dry measure of nine bushels.
    • ***


  • Peter Gabriel
    Peter Gabriel
    “I guess I don't so much mind being old, as I mind being fat and old.”
  • James Thomson
    James Thomson
    “A little, round, fat, oily man of God.”
  • Rodney Dangerfield
    Rodney Dangerfield
    “I found there was only one way to look thin, hang out with fat people.”
  • Marlon Brando
    Marlon Brando
    “I don't mind that I'm fat. You still get the same money.”
  • Cyril Connolly
    “Imprisoned in every fat man, a thin one is wildly signaling to be let out.”
  • Paul Gauguin
    Paul Gauguin
    “I have always wanted a mistress who was fat, and I have never found one. To make a fool of me, they are always pregnant.”


Chew the fat - If you chew the fat with someone, you talk at leisure with them.
Fat cat - A fat cat is a person who makes a lot of money and enjoys a privileged position in society.
Fat chance! - This idiom is a way of telling someone they have no chance.
Fat head - A fat head is a dull, stupid person.
Fat hits the fire - When the fat hits the fire, trouble breaks out.
Fat of the land - Living off the fat of the land means having the best of everything in life.
It ain't over till the fat lady sings - This idiom means that until something has officially finished, the result is uncertain.
Kill the fatted calf - If you kill the fatted calf, you have a celebration, usually to welcome someone who's been away a long time.
Pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered - (USA) This idiom is used to express being satisfied with enough, that being greedy or too ambitious will be your ruin.
Pull the fat from the fire - If you pull the fat from the fire, you help someone in a difficult situation.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. fǣtt,; akin to D. vet, G. fett, feist, Icel. feitr, Sw. fet, Dan. fed, and perh. to Gr. pi^dax spring, fountain, pidy`ein to gush forth, pi`wn fat, Skr. pi, to swell
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
See Vat.


In literature:

When alcohol puts fat into the muscles, that is fat badly made, and in the wrong place.
"Child's Health Primer For Primary Classes" by Jane Andrews
Fortunately, all tenors are fat.
"Fair Margaret" by Francis Marion Crawford
On Nov. 16 she was taking protein 40, carbohydrate 20, fat 90, calories 1080, and had no glycosuria.
"The Starvation Treatment of Diabetes" by Lewis Webb Hill
A green Yule maks a fat kirkyard.
"The Proverbs of Scotland" by Alexander Hislop
Ol' fat boy drink de watehs.
"Lady Luck" by Hugh Wiley
Hauptmanns, fat freaks turned out in Berlin: if that was the best they could do, pooh!
"The Bill-Toppers" by Andre Castaigne
I was mad for cause I think I got poor mis'able fat'er lak Charley.
"The Huntress" by Hulbert Footner
Carefully remove all fat from three pints of it when cold.
"Choice Cookery" by Catherine Owen
He was enormously fat, a fact notable in a country of lean men.
"The Fighting Edge" by William MacLeod Raine
During very warm weather it is well to reduce the amount of fat by using the whole milk instead of the top portions, as heretofore described.
"Health on the Farm" by H. F. Harris
A fat man in a rumpled suit and a panama hat squeezed to the front, stood picking his teeth.
"It Could Be Anything" by John Keith Laumer
His short fat neck swelled ominously, his red face grew purple, he foamed at the mouth.
"The Trembling of a Leaf" by William Somerset Maugham
Don't you see all those pieces of fat on the dish?
"Little Folks (Septemeber 1884)" by Various
The grays are in fine fettle and thy black mare grows too fat for want of exercise.
"The Panchronicon" by Harold Steele Mackaye
The sleepy cockroaches, fat and heavy from good living, sprawled about, but made a very poor fight.
"Little Folks (October 1884)" by Various
Their little fat hands and their shoulders were swollen already.
"A Modern Cinderella" by Amanda M. Douglas
Sear the pieces of meat in the frying pan in the fat cooked out from the trimmings of fat.
"Scouting For Girls, Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts" by Girl Scouts
Two inches of clear fat over the backbone, and the thick of the ribs should be the limit.
"Dishes & Beverages of the Old South" by Martha McCulloch Williams
The fat brewer had placed himself at the table next to Vogt and Weise.
"'Jena' or 'Sedan'?" by Franz Beyerlein
Shape roughly in a tablespoon and fry in smoking fat.
"Stevenson Memorial Cook Book" by Various

In poetry:

All round the foul fat furrows reeked,
Where blood sank in;
The circus splashed and seethed and shrieked
All round Faustine.
"Faustine" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
Lintot, farewell! thy bard must go;
Farewell, unhappy Tonson!
Heaven gives thee for thy loss of Rowe,
Lean Philips, and fat Johnson.
"Farewell to London" by Alexander Pope
I feast on fulness night and day,
Yet pinch'd for want I pine away,
My leanness, leanness, ah! I cry;
Yet fat and dulle of sap am I.
"The Believer's Riddle; or, the Mystery of Faith" by Ralph Erskine
"How now," said the fat friar angrily,
"What is this knocking so wild?"
But when he saw young Robin's eye,
He said "Go round, my child.
"Robin Hood, A Child." by James Henry Leigh Hunt
The fatted shows wherein he stood
Foregoing, and the idiot pride,
That he may prove with his own blood
All that his easy sires denied —
"The Reformers" by Rudyard Kipling
There was a ridiculous Rat
Who was awfully puffy and fat.
"I'll carry," he said,
"This plate on my head,
'Twill answer in place of a hat."
"The Erratic Rat" by Carolyn Wells

In news:

In general, the more solid the margarine, the more trans fat it contains — so stick margarines usually have more trans fat than do tub margarines .
Trans-fats are found in margarines and saturated fats (animal fats) are found in butter.
Butter is not a heart-healthy choice because its saturated fat far outweighs the trans fat in traditional stick margarines .
It would be hard to find beef fat or other solid animal fats in today's margarines .
Reduced-fat margarines and spreads, however, can range from 60% fat all the way to fat-free.
One piece of good news is that European margarine manufacturers have created margarines that no longer contain trans fats and are also low in saturated fats.
Heather's 5 Day Fat Fighting Meal Plan, Cutting Edge Fat Fighting Meal Plan, Recipes to lose weight.
The timing of the first menstrual cycle (menarche) was associated with overall levels of fat in the women, but not levels of fat in specific areas of the body, the investigators found.
In addition, fat helps produce hormones and carry the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K.
)Per serving: 169 calories, 4g protein, 9g fat (44 percent calories from fat), 1g saturated fat, 21g carbohydrate, no cholesterol, 83mg sodium, 6g fiber.
Swapping out the pork patties for turkey bacon (only 1.5 grams of fat per slice) slashes fat.
Rillettes is a rustic pâté made from meat that's been poached in its own fat, then shredded and stored in some of that fat.
Researchers at Purdue University found that some fat matters – and that the kind of fat matters too.
Vistive Gold soybeans have 85 percent less saturated fat than palm oil, 70 percent less saturated fat than fry shortening and 60 percent less saturated fat than conventional soybean oil.
Using fat free sour cream and lot-fat cheese keeps dish light.

In science:

Normal probability plots of rt and USD/DEM returns, respectively, clearly showing the fat tails of price returns distributions (bottom panels).
A simple model of price formation
There exists an equivalent combinatorial definition of maps as a cyclic (ribbon, fat) graph.
Gibbs and Quantum Discrete Spaces
We shall use the fat boundary K ′ \ ˜K, on which φT is identically zero, to deal with boundary effects.
Random Planar Lattices and Integrated SuperBrownian Excursion
PTl | → M is a ribbon (or fat) graph, a graph Γ together with a cyclic ordering on the set of half-edges incident to each vertex of Γ.
The modular geometry of Random Regge Triangulations
We propose a construction procedure which generates a wide class of random evolving networks with fat-tailed degree distributions and an arbitrary clustering.
How to generate a random growing network
Here we present a simple construction of random growing networks, which provides networks with fat-tailed degree distributions and an arbitrary clustering.
How to generate a random growing network
We have shown that the probalility density functions associated with MRM and MRW processes can have, like discrete cascades, fat tails with arbitrary large exponents.
Multifractal stationary random measures and multifractal random walks with log-infinitely divisible scaling laws
We study possibility of improving staggered fermions using various fat links in order to reduce perturbative corrections to the gauge-invariant staggered fermion operators.
Perturbative improvement of staggered fermions using fat links
Numerical studies in showed that the fat link improvement at tree level reduces the flavor changing effects noticeably.
Perturbative improvement of staggered fermions using fat links
In, the concept of the fat link action (Fat7) introduced in was systematically re-interpreted in terms of Symanzik improvement programme.
Perturbative improvement of staggered fermions using fat links
Recently, the hypercubic (HYP) action (a new fat link action) was introduced in [5,6].
Perturbative improvement of staggered fermions using fat links
The HYP fat link is constructed such that the HYP smearing smoothes the gauge fields within the hypercubes attached to the original thin link with SU(3) pro jection after each smearing.
Perturbative improvement of staggered fermions using fat links
This implies that the fat links can also improve the perturbative behavior efficiently, since the origin of doubler-tadpoles are the same as that of the flavor changing interactions.
Perturbative improvement of staggered fermions using fat links
We also propose alternative choices of fat links to improve the action and operators for better perturbative behavior, which is relatively cheap to implement in numerical simulations on the lattice.
Perturbative improvement of staggered fermions using fat links
II, we describe our notation for various fat links and, briefly, review previous works.
Perturbative improvement of staggered fermions using fat links