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  • 1A shallow, flat-bottomed container for cooking or serving food.

    ‘an ovenproof dish’
    • ‘One of them tossed the contents of a sauté pan into a serving dish and turned to bring it over to the cart.’
    • ‘All the serving bowls, dishes in the dinner set will come with lids, he adds.’
    • ‘So I have four place settings of cheap crockery, one pan, and two serving dishes.’
    • ‘It is definitely not worth decanting something such as risotto into a serving dish; it should be ladled straight from the pan.’
    • ‘Sprinkle the parsley over as you toss them from the pan into a serving dish.’
    • ‘Remove to a shallow serving dish and add more oil and fish to the pan.’
    • ‘She smiled to herself as she slid it expertly out of the pan and onto the serving dish.’
    • ‘Depending on the menu I use suitably sized serving dishes, too, rather than plating the meal at the counter.’
    • ‘There are strict etiquettes about not touching the serving dishes with anything that has touched your mouth.’
    • ‘Remove to a serving dish and rest for about 10 minutes.’
    • ‘Arrange these in overlapping rings on a serving dish.’
    • ‘When the chicken is cooked, remove the roasting dish from the oven, and transfer the chicken onto a serving dish.’
    • ‘Transfer the baked pasta parcels to a serving dish and spoon the yogurt over them.’
    • ‘Remove serving dishes from the table after each course.’
    • ‘Glass is blown or molded into many shapes for decorative items, and for beverage glasses and other eating and serving dishes.’
    • ‘Near the street of the meat shops was a stall containing large shallow clay dishes filled with yoghurt.’
    • ‘Thankfully I've managed to exercise a containment policy that means that we only have six small plates, a large baking dish and a serving platter.’
    • ‘While it is heating, heat the oven to 250 degrees and put a large shallow baking dish in it.’
    • ‘Put the mince into a shallow baking dish and cover with the potato.’
    • ‘Place cream cheese in a shallow glass casserole dish.’
    bowl, plate, soup plate, platter, salver
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    1. 1.1The food contained or served in a dish.
      ‘ a dish of oysters’
      • ‘There were four of them, served with a dish of melted garlic butter, and another of hot salsa sauce.’
      • ‘The fish and meat flavours burst through the tasty sauce, and a dish of basmati rice proved to be a great partner.’
      • ‘She sighed, and then walked downstairs to get a dish of ice cream.’
      • ‘They also served, free of charge, a dish of raw cabbage with the beer.’
      • ‘Scrape it onto your plate and use it to smother a dish of new potatoes - mountain food at its best.’
      • ‘It goes without saying that you should have a glass of hot, sweet, amber tea, and if your sweet tooth is acting up, try a dish of figs with cream for dessert.’
      • ‘The only food available was a dish of baked beans almost solid with their wait under the hot lights and a plate of sausages that looked as if they'd been there since the place was built.’
      • ‘They had taken their leave of Maralynne and Chester, after a dish of ice cream each for dessert and about a dozen compliments for their hostess.’
      • ‘This week's question: Do you have a dish of candy on your desk?’
      • ‘A dish of strawberries arrived at our table with a Happy Anniversary message.’
      • ‘Two hot crumpets accompanied by wrapped butter in a small dish together with a dish of blackcurrant jam were excellent.’
      • ‘The chief meat-eater among us opted for the assiette de charcuterie, a dish of ham, pork and salami with chicken pâté, served with oatcakes and olives.’
      • ‘A waiter zipped over and deposited two glasses of water and a dish of mixed nuts on their table, took their drink orders, and hurried off.’
      • ‘Have you ever sat in front of a dish of peanuts at a party?’
      • ‘One of them immediately came around with dinner menus, followed by a dish of snack mix, and then a cart from which drinks were handed out.’
      • ‘He grabbed a dish of food and pretended to be one of the servants.’
      • ‘However, I always have a dish of finely grated hard cheese to sprinkle over.’
      • ‘Beneath the first cover was a dish of steaming pork chops.’
      • ‘Servers would hold out a dish of food, and we would each take a serving.’
      • ‘There was usually a dish of overcooked pasta for those who insist on eating something they will easily recognise.’
      recipe, item of food, course
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    2. 1.2A particular variety or preparation of food served as part of a meal.
      ‘fresh fish dishes’
      • ‘pasta was served as a main dish’
      • ‘And remember, don't think of them as mere side dishes - hearty vegetables can serve as the main dish for a meal.’
      • ‘Dinner consists of fresh fruit, homemade soup, and a main dish with meat or fish accompanied by rice and/or potatoes.’
      • ‘This would make a great side with fish for instance, or can be served as a main dish.’
      • ‘Most households will normally content themselves with one main dish for their daily meals.’
      • ‘Dinner is a large meal typically including soup and a main dish consisting of meat and vegetables.’
      • ‘It's an old fashion diner with great service and even better food, even if their main dish is a hamburger and fries.’
      • ‘It is perfect as a starter before something more meaty, but good too as a main dish in its own right.’
      • ‘Holiday meals also include a main dish of chicken and rice prepared with added vegetables and raisins.’
      • ‘If you opt for a fish dish for your main meal, diver harvested scallops wrapped in bacon with hollandaise sauce is sure to get the mouth watering.’
      • ‘The emphasis is on local fish and shellfish while salads, sandwiches and simple pasta dishes make up the rest of the summer menu.’
      • ‘We sprinkle this coral powder over fish dishes, risottos and creamy sauces for pasta.’
      • ‘For a main dish bake a pie with pumpkin, yam and potato.’
      • ‘A variety of special dishes are prepared from fresh ingredients for ceremonial occasions by the woman of the house and her female maids.’
      • ‘Late at night, a main meal with several dishes is served.’
      • ‘Let me give you three examples from my files of vegetarian pasta dishes.’
      • ‘Otherwise we could choose from 30 seafood dishes on the standard menu, most containing prawns.’
      • ‘Students were asked to prepare a vegetarian dish, with eight winners offered a tour of the hotel.’
      • ‘Surprisingly, the vegetarian stew may be one of the heartiest dishes on the menu.’
      • ‘Crisp, fresh rose sparklers may be the best partners for garlicky or spicy seafood dishes.’
      • ‘A woman chef cooks traditional dishes in the open kitchen.’
      dish, menu item
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    3. 1.3the dishesAll the items that have been used in the preparation, serving, and eating of a meal.
      ‘it was our turn to wash the dishes’
      • ‘But then today, as I was standing in the kitchen doing the dishes, he suddenly clung to my legs and whimpered in the same way as when he had seen the fire.’
      • ‘Every time I came home from work and walk up the steps to the building, he'd be in the kitchen either doing the dishes or peering out the window.’
      • ‘I was washing the dishes in the kitchen, when I felt a tug on my jeans.’
      • ‘The paper reveals that he insisted on clearing up the dishes after dinner.’
      • ‘Dinner over with, she would help to wash the dishes at our little kitchen sink.’
      • ‘As Jessica brought the dishes in the kitchen, Louis quickly checked on the clock.’
      • ‘Brian gathered the dishes from the table and carried them to the kitchen sink.’
      • ‘As the four of us stood to gather the dishes together, the door opened and out stepped Madame Force and the priest.’
      • ‘I do the dishes every night after dinner, but there is little attention to the quality of my efforts.’
      • ‘Andrew informed me as Molly got up to gather the dishes.’
      • ‘She dished out the food into a bowl and placed the dirty dishes in the sink.’
      • ‘I place the dirty dishes in the sink.’
      • ‘Grumbling, she went to the kitchen and began to wash the breakfast dishes.’
      • ‘Their mom just rolled her eyes and went back to washing the breakfast dishes.’
      • ‘On Monday evening, while Anne was washing dishes in the kitchen, her eight-year-old daughter came running in.’
      • ‘We quickly threw the dishes in the dishwasher and headed for the doorway.’
      • ‘Melissa put the last of the dishes in the dishwasher and sighed.’
      • ‘We finished up our breakfast and put I dishes in the dishwasher.’
      • ‘Try writing her a poem, painting a picture, composing a song, framing a picture, washing the dishes for her or simply spending the day in her company.’
      • ‘All that sitting around twiddling my thumbs, and pretty soon even the dishes seemed like an interesting option.’
      dishes, plates, cups and saucers, crockery, dinner service, tea service
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  • 2usually with modifier A shallow, concave receptacle, especially one intended to hold a particular substance.

    ‘a water dish’
    • ‘Chicks should be able to dip only their beaks into the water dish, so place pebbles, marbles, or a screen in the dish.’
    • ‘Much later, he crept downstairs and drank from his water dish, but he wasn't his old self and took no notice of me.’
    • ‘She dumped the contents of the box into a bonbon dish that stood upon the hall table and picking out the chocolate piece, ate it daintily while she examined her purchases.’
    • ‘He picked up the bonbon dish that lay on the table beside him and ate the pink confection.’
    • ‘Add a small water plant in a bonsai dish, rocks, a submersible pump, and a bamboo spout.’
    • ‘I picked up a chocolate from a candy dish in the living room, removed the foil, and it crumbled into a white, ashy heap in the palm of my hand.’
    • ‘I do have a candy dish on my desk.’
    • ‘One of the ladies came up with the idea of bringing back such stones to put on her coffee table in a candy dish from which friends could take a very special treat.’
    • ‘Alexander Fleming was an excellent microbiologist, very skilled and observant, and he always checked old culture dishes before throwing them out just to see what might turn up.’
    • ‘And I often wonder about the Nick and Nora who formerly owned my funky old cocktail set - a shaker and ice dish festooned with dancing pink elephants.’
    • ‘The child would be conceived in a lab dish, using the same experimental procedure being tested in Boston to help couples with HIV have children without passing on virus.’
    • ‘From their studies of cells in laboratory dishes, the researchers suggest that a protein component of the prevenom jams the mechanism that would normally counter a flood of potassium across a sting victim's cell membranes.’
    • ‘She was satisfied with her purchases: an air freshener for her Dad, a black cherry candle for her Mom, and a water dish for the kitten she hoped Santa would bring her sisters.’
    • ‘I now keep her food and water dishes in the same location she is used to in both her home cage and her travel cage.’
    • ‘Sit outside and your pooch can sit with you, complete with his own water dish and a dog biscuit made on the premises.’
    bowl, plate, soup plate, platter, salver
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    1. 2.1A bowl-shaped radio antenna.
      ‘other channels are available with a larger dish’
      • ‘However in the meantime a dish aerial appeared on the roof of the building without planning consent.’
      • ‘This signal is picked up by a satellite TV dish then transmitted to a receiver where it is amplified and sent to a TV screen.’
      • ‘The top of the cylinder was capped with a parabolic radio dish, which appeared to be made of cloth supported by a series of metal ribs.’
      • ‘Yes, the equipment you get - the satellite TV dish and satellite TV receiver - is free.’
      • ‘The radar antenna dish then scanned up and down to provide the operators with the estimated height of the aircraft.’
      • ‘Precipitation, like rain or snow or hail, sends the radio waves back to the radar dish.’
      • ‘Since the launch of small dish digital satellite services in 1994, more than 15 million people have signed on.’
      • ‘He's not that handy, but he does know how to position the motor coach so the satellite TV dish will work.’
      • ‘The mast is designed to carry antennae and communication dishes and the application included associated ground-level equipment cabinets.’
      • ‘The mast will have six antennae and four dishes.’
      • ‘Other aspects to the application are six antennas, four communication dishes, a security fence and storage cabins.’
      • ‘The application is to erect a 15-metre mast with six antenna and two dishes to be built within a compound.’
      • ‘It is technically possible for the firms to mount their antennae and receiver dishes on to the existing police mast.’
      • ‘With the retirement of the old professor, the observatory was going to be turned into a museum, as soon as the new radar dish was completed.’
      • ‘We're not even allowed to put satellite dishes up but they're putting up a massive tower.’
      • ‘National television, which has its studios nearby, uses satellite dishes on the roof of the building.’
      • ‘She says she researches the Afghan war five hours a day, using the Internet, radio, newspapers, phone, and a satellite dish that picks up Al Jazeera, an Arab news network.’
  • 3 informal A sexually attractive person.

    • ‘I gather he's quite a dish’
    • ‘Quite a dish, I'm sure our female readers will agree.’
    • ‘You think he's a dish too. I know you do. And the Irish accent will get you if he doesn't.’
    • ‘As for Ben, well frankly he's a dish!’
    • ‘He's a dish who's happy to talk about emotions and loves his mum.’
    • ‘He's a dish and, what's more, he's going to propose marriage.’
    beautiful woman, belle, vision, charmer, enchantress, Venus, goddess, beauty queen, English rose, picture, seductress
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    1. 3.1one's dish dated A thing that one particularly enjoys or does well.
      • ‘as a public relations man this was my dish and the campaign was right up my street’
  • 4the dish informal Information which is not generally known or available.

    • ‘if he has the real dish I wish he'd tell us’
  • 5Concavity of a spoked wheel resulting from a difference in spoke tension on each side and consequent sideways displacement of the rim in relation to the hub.

    ‘This won't work because the wheel will end up way out of dish and the tire will likely rub the kickstand-side chainstay.’
    • ‘Advantages are a really strong rear wheel build, as the wheel has very little dish on it, and also the chain line is significantly improved, a problem found on many bikes.’
    • ‘Not only does this make the rear stiff but the 160 mm hub also builds a stronger, no dish wheel with a perfect chain-line for great shifting.’
    • ‘As well, the left and right side wheels can be swapped around so that the wheel dish rims face in for a narrower harvester profile in selective work.’



/diSH/ /dɪʃ/


  • 1North American informal no object Gossip or share information, especially information of an intimate or scandalous nature.

    • ‘groups gather to brag about babies and dish about romances’
    • ‘The host dishes about Simon and shares her emotional struggle with an eating disorder.’
    • ‘How to be a good gossip: dishing at work isn't always a bad thing.’
    • ‘Our friends talked shop for a while, dishing on backstage gossip about the other artists.’
    • ‘If you've never heard a juicy tidbit you weren't dying to dish, take a gander at your gossip groove.’
    • ‘The three of them planned on scaring themselves silly watching horror movies, gouging themselves on junk food, and stay up late dishing gossip.’
  • 2mainly British informal with object Utterly destroy, confound, or defeat.

    • ‘The newspaper supported the war, but this is a chance to dish the government on grounds of spin.’
    • ‘The great marquess never sold the pass on such an issue of principle, the great adventurer couldn't resist dishing the Whigs by out-democratising them.’
    • ‘There is a good chance your friend dished your rotor when he bent it back.’
    • ‘You argue that he had dished the opposition, outmanoeuvred them, tactically closed them down and as a result, couldn't help allowing himself a mordant little smile.’
    • ‘Pasting one's own posters over an opponents posters was one of the favourite methods of ‘em>dishing’ the opposition.’
    destroy, put an end to, bring to an end, be the end of, end, extinguish, dash, quell, quash, ruin, wreck, shatter, smash, crush, scotch
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  • 3with object Give concavity to (a wheel) by tensioning the spokes.

    See dish (sense 5 of the noun)

    ‘I don't think I dished the wheel correctly—there's a rubbing sound’
    • ‘this tool accurately checks for proper dishing of a wheel’
    • ‘The geometry stays the same and the rear wheel is dished exactly as the standard setup.’
    • ‘There are 4 different things that you need to bring under control to complete the job: lateral truing, vertical truing, dishing, and tensioning.’
    • ‘I think I dished the wheel a little later than I should have, and I adjusted the dish mostly by tightening spokes on the one side instead of loosening spokes on the other.’
    • ‘I dished the wheel and retensioned it. Finally, I checked the chain line when it all went together.’
    • ‘Could I have effectively dished the wheel to the right by overtightening the right spokes too much?’



/diSH/ /dɪʃ/


    dish it out
    • Criticize or punish other people.

      • ‘you can dish it out but you can't take it’
    dish the dirt
    • Reveal or spread scandalous information or gossip.

      • ‘he was happy to dish the dirt on his rival’
      • ‘Meanwhile a drag artist has set up a fitness studio which dishes the dirt on celebs while clients work out.’
      • ‘They're dishing the dirt on their former bosses, revealing juicy details about their egos, failings and potentially illegal behaviour.’
      • ‘What he won't be doing is dishing the dirt on the local MPs he hobnobs with every day in the course of his work.’
      • ‘She dishes the dirt on another home secretary’
      • ‘Why have they taken three months to dish the dirt on you?’
      • ‘Some scenes, like those where the womenfolk do each other's hair and dish the dirt on their men, are rare and genuine moments.’
      • ‘Still, he does not appear to go out of his way to dish the dirt.’
      • ‘Perhaps it's post-summer holiday blues, but there are plenty of people ready to dish the dirt on their chosen trade.’
      • ‘On eviction you will also be required to visit the diary room to vent your spleen and dish the dirt as you see fit.’
      • ‘The newspaper reports that another whistleblower could be about to dish the dirt.’

Phrasal Verbs

    dish off
    • dish something off, dish off somethingPass the ball to a teammate, especially in basketball.

      ‘Paul wasted no time getting the ball down the court and dished it off to Randall deep on the perimeter, who passed to Rob to score a basket easily over his shorter opponent.’
      • ‘Andrew set off on a charge at the defence before dishing it off to John for a shot, which ricocheted out to Richard.’
      • ‘But it would all change when John slipped a ball into his teammate who dished it off to Connor coming through at pace.’
      • ‘But does he dish the ball off to one of the Indiana big men?’
      • ‘In the 19th Ronald ran by several defenders and then dished the ball off to Jon, who shot high and wide.’
    dish out
    • 1Put food onto a plate or plates before a meal.

      • ‘he begins dishing out bowls of strawberry ice cream’
      1. 1.1Dispense something in a casual or indiscriminate way.
        • ‘he dished out relationship advice to listeners nationwide’
    dish up
    • 1Put food onto a plate or plates before a meal.

      • ‘Steve was dishing up vegetables’
      1. 1.1dish something up, dish up somethingOffer or present something.
        ‘she's a pro when it comes to dishing up jaw-dropping plot twists that nobody could have predicted’
        • ‘is your ISP shortchanging you by dishing up outdated and perhaps incorrect information?’


Old English disc ‘plate, bowl’ (related to Dutch dis, German Tisch ‘table’), based on Latin discus (see discus).