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n. A large tub, cistern, or vessel; a vat. A measure of quantity, differing for different commodities. - adj. Abounding with fat; as: (a) Fleshy; characterized by fatness; plump; corpulent; not lean; as, a fat man; a fat ox. (b) Oily; greasy; unctuous; rich; - said of food. Exhibiting the qualities of a fat animal; coarse; heavy; gross; dull; stupid. Fertile; productive; as, a fat soil; a fat pasture. Rich; producing a large income; desirable; as, a fat benefice; a fat office; a fat job. Abounding in riches; affluent; fortunate.


 - (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 lute, a mixture of pipe clay and oil for filling joints.


 - n. (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. Animal fats are composed mainly of three distinct fats, tristearin, tripalmitin, and triolein, mixed in varying proportions. As olein is liquid at ordinary temperatures, while ...

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