1. a reedlike plant, Zingiber officinale, native to the East Indies but now cultivated in most tropical countries, having a pungent, spicy rhizome used in cookery and medicine. Compare ginger family.
2. any of various related or similar plants.
3. Informal. piquancy; animation: plenty of ginger in their performance of the dance.
4. a yellowish or reddish brown.
–verb (used with object)
5. to treat or flavor with ginger.
6. Informal. to impart piquancy or spirit to; enliven (usually fol. by up): to ginger up a talk with a few jokes.
7. flavored or made with ginger.
"How is it that hardly any major religion has looked at science and concluded, 'This is better than we thought! The Universe is much bigger than our prophets said, grander, more subtle, more elegant. God must be even greater than we dreamed'? Instead they say, 'No, no, no! My god is a little god, and I want him to stay that way.'" - Carl Sagan
"To doubt everything or to believe everything are two equally convenient solutions; both dispense with the necessity of reflection." - Henri Poincaré