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From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Ate \A"te\, n. [Gr. ?.] (Greek. Myth.)
The goddess of mischievous folly; also, in later poets, the
goddess of vengeance.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Ate \Ate\ (?; 277),
the preterit of {Eat}.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

-ate \-ate\ [From the L. suffix -atus, the past participle
ending of verbs of the 1st conj.]
1. As an ending of participles or participial adjectives it
is equivalent to -ed; as, situate or situated; animate or

2. As the ending of a verb, it means to make, to cause, to
act, etc.; as, to propitiate (to make propitious); to
animate (to give life to).

3. As a noun suffix, it marks the agent; as, curate,
delegate. It also sometimes marks the office or dignity;
as, tribunate.

4. In chemistry it is used to denote the salts formed from
those acids whose names end -ic (excepting binary or
halogen acids); as, sulphate from sulphuric acid, nitrate
from nitric acid, etc. It is also used in the case of
certain basic salts.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Eat \Eat\ ([=e]t), v. t. [imp. {Ate} ([=a]t; 277), Obsolescent &
Colloq. {Eat} ([e^]t); p. p. {Eaten} ([=e]t"'n), Obs. or
Colloq. {Eat} ([e^]t); p. pr. & vb. n. {Eating}.] [OE. eten,
AS. etan; akin to OS. etan, OFries. eta, D. eten, OHG. ezzan,
G. essen, Icel. eta, Sw. ["a]ta, Dan. [ae]de, Goth. itan, Ir.
& Gael. ith, W. ysu, L. edere, Gr. 'e`dein, Skr. ad. [root]6.
Cf. {Etch}, {Fret} to rub, {Edible}.]
1. To chew and swallow as food; to devour; -- said especially
of food not liquid; as, to eat bread. ``To eat grass as
oxen.'' --Dan. iv. 25.

They . . . ate the sacrifices of the dead. --Ps.
cvi. 28.

The lean . . . did eat up the first seven fat kine.
--Gen. xli.

The lion had not eaten the carcass. --1 Kings
xiii. 28.

With stories told of many a feat, How fairy Mab the
junkets eat. --Milton.

The island princes overbold Have eat our substance.

His wretched estate is eaten up with mortgages.

2. To corrode, as metal, by rust; to consume the flesh, as a
cancer; to waste or wear away; to destroy gradually; to
cause to disappear.

{To eat humble pie}. See under {Humble}.

{To eat of} (partitive use). ``Eat of the bread that can not
waste.'' --Keble.

{To eat one's words}, to retract what one has said. (See the
Citation under {Blurt}.)

{To eat out}, to consume completely. ``Eat out the heart and
comfort of it.'' --Tillotson.

{To eat the wind out of a vessel} (Naut.), to gain slowly to
windward of her.

Syn: To consume; devour; gnaw; corrode.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n : goddess of criminal rashness and its punishment [syn: {Ate}]

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