What is fat?

  • (noun): A soft greasy substance occurring in organic tissue and consisting of a mixture of lipids (mostly triglycerides).
    Example: "Pizza has too much fat"
    See also — Additional definitions below


Fats consist of a wide group of compounds that are generally soluble in organic solvents and generally insoluble in water. Chemically, fats are triglycerides, triesters of glycerol and any of several fatty acids. Fats may be either solid or liquid at room temperature, depending on their structure and composition. Although the words "oils", "fats", and "lipids" are all used to refer to fats, "oils" is usually used to refer to fats that are liquids at normal room temperature, while "fats" is usually used to refer to fats that are solids at normal room temperature. "Lipids" is used to refer to both liquid and solid fats, along with other related substances, usually in a medical or biochemical context. The word "oil" is also used for any substance that does not mix with water and has a greasy feel, such as petroleum (or crude oil), heating oil, and essential oils, regardless of its chemical structure.

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Some articles on fat:

Fat - Adipose Tissue
... physiological conditions, adipocytes store fat derived from the diet and liver metabolism or degrade stored fat to supply fatty acids and also glycerol to the circulation ... of the tissue determines its metabolic profile "visceral fat" is located within the abdominal wall (i.e ... beneath the wall of abdominal muscle) whereas "subcutaneous fat" is located beneath the skin (and includes fat that is located in the abdominal area ...
Harry Enfield's Television Programme - Characters - Fat Bloke
... A fat, jolly-looking man (played by David Barber) who formed a running gag during the original show—for no apparent reason he would walk into the middle of ... style at the end of the closing credits, introduced by Enfield "The show's not over until the Fat Bloke sings!" He made his first appearance in a script for The Scousers ...
Heston Blumenthal
... OBE ( /ˈbluːmənθɔːl/ born 27 May 1966) is an English chef and owner of The Fat Duck, a three-Michelin-starred restaurant in Bray, Berkshire, which has been voted Best Restaurant in the UK and ... two of Blumenthal's restaurants, The Fat Duck and Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, were voted in the top 20 restaurants in the UK, with The Fat Duck ranked number 1 and Dinner by Heston ... Additionally, The Fat Duck was voted best restaurant in the world in 2005 by Restaurant magazine ...
BIOS Parameter Block
... A detailed discussion of the various FAT BPB versions and their entries can be found in the FAT article.) ECMA-107 or ISO/IEC 9293 (which describes FAT as for ... ReservedSectors WORD 0x000E Reserved Sectors FatCopies BYTE 0x0010 Number of FATs RootDirEntries WORD 0x0011 Root Entries NumSectors WORD 0x0013 Small Sectors ...
Client (computing) - Types - Fat
... A fat client, also known as a rich client or thick client, is a client that performs the bulk of any data processing operations itself, and does not necessarily rely on the server ... The fat client is most common in the form of a personal computer, as the personal computers or laptops can operate independently ...

More definitions of "fat":

  • (adj): A chubby body.
    Example: "The boy had a rounded face and fat cheeks"
    Synonyms: rounded
  • (adj): Having much flesh (especially fat).
    Example: "He hadn't remembered how fat she was"
  • (adj): Having a relatively large diameter.
    Example: "A fat rope"
  • (adj): Lucrative.
    Example: "A nice fat job"
    Synonyms: juicy
  • (noun): A kind of body tissue containing stored fat that serves as a source of energy; adipose tissue also cushions and insulates vital organs.
    Synonyms: adipose tissue, fatty tissue
  • (adj): Containing or composed of fat.
    Example: "Fat tissue"
    Synonyms: fatty

Famous quotes containing the word fat:

    From this fat dungeon I could rise to skin
    And human title, putting pig within.
    Thom Gunn (b. 1929)

    Not fat but the greatest possible suppleness and strength is what a good dancer wants from his nourishment—and I could not even guess what the spirit of a philosopher might wish to be more than a good dancer. For dance is his ideal, and also his art, and finally also his only piety, his “service to God.”
    Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900)

    This fat pistache of Belgian grapes exceeds
    The total gala of auburn aureoles.
    Cochon! Master, the grapes are here and now.
    Wallace Stevens (1879–1955)