1) Food, usually solid, provided for men or animals.
1518 of his curtisye gave the said catall meate at his proper costs and charges, Darfield
1642 to bee att meate and wage ... to have 3d or iiijd a day and theire meate, Elmswell
1689 the constable ordered her to make James some warme meate, and shee did so, and gave it him, and he did eate parte of it and the residue being the thinne of it was kept warme for him to drinke on, Dewsbury. It was also used as a verb: 1642 Haymakers have iiijd a day and are to meate themselves, Elmswell.