• Two-Story Mill at Virginia, Minnesota, Showing Jack-Ladders and Consumer
    Two-Story Mill at Virginia, Minnesota, Showing Jack-Ladders and Consumer
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v consume engage fully "The effort to pass the exam consumed all his energy"
    • v consume serve oneself to, or consume regularly "Have another bowl of chicken soup!","I don't take sugar in my coffee"
    • v consume use up (resources or materials) "this car consumes a lot of gas","We exhausted our savings","They run through 20 bottles of wine a week"
    • v consume spend extravagantly "waste not, want not"
    • v consume eat immoderately "Some people can down a pound of meat in the course of one meal"
    • v consume destroy completely "The fire consumed the building"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: 2.5 cans of Spam are consumed every second in the United States
    • v. t Consume kŏn*sūm" To destroy, as by decomposition, dissipation, waste, or fire; to use up; to expend; to waste; to burn up; to eat up; to devour. "If he were putting to my house the brand
      That shall consume it."
      "Lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth consume .""Let me alone . . . that I may consume them."
    • v. i Consume kŏn*sūm" To waste away slowly. "Therefore, let Benedick, like covered fire, Consume away in sighs."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Americans consumed more than twenty billion hot dogs in 2000
    • consume To destroy by separating into parts which cannot be reunited, as by decomposition, burning, or eating; devour; use up; wear out; hence, destroy the substance of; annihilate.
    • consume Specifically To destroy by use; dissipate or wear out (a thing) by applying it to its natural or intended use: as, only a, small part of the produce of the West is consumed there; in an unfavorable sense, waste; squander: as, to consume an estate.
    • consume To cause to waste away; make thin.
    • consume To bring to utter ruin; exterminate.
    • consume To make use of; employ the whole of; fill out; spend: with reference to time.
    • consume Synonyms Devour, etc. (see eat); swallow up, use up, engulf, absorb, lavish, dissipate, exhust.
    • consume To waste (away); become wasted or attenuated.
    • consume To be destroyed as by use, burning, etc: as, the fire was lighted, and the wood consumed away.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: When a coffee seed is planted, it takes five years to yield consumable fruit.
    • v.t Consume kon-sūm′ to destroy by wasting, fire, evaporation, &c.: to use up: to devour: to waste or spend: to exhaust
    • v.i Consume to waste away
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  • Rebecca West
    “Most works of art, like most wines, ought to be consumed in the district of their fabrication.”
  • Bruce Barton
    “The essential element in personal magnetism is a consuming sincerity -- an overwhelming faith in the importance of the work one has to do.”
  • Harold Coffin
    Harold Coffin
    “A consumer is a shopper who is sore about something.”
  • George Bernard Shaw
    “We have no more right to consume happiness without producing it than to consume wealth without producing it.”
  • Denis Waitley
    “Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.”
  • Stanislaw J. Lec
    Stanislaw J. Lec
    “People find life entirely too time-consuming.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. consumere, to take wholly or completely, to consume; con-, + sumere, to take; sub, + emere, to buy. See Redeem


In literature:

It was in vain to heap execrations on my negligence, or to consume the little strength left to me in regrets.
"Arthur Mervyn" by Charles Brockden Brown
God gave him a hungry mind, which literally consumed facts of nature and life.
"The Battle of Principles" by Newell Dwight Hillis
What was there to consume the leisure hours in that far-away time?
"Women of the Romance Countries" by John R. Effinger
To the consumer the principles previously outlined mean that the price of lumber will rise somewhat.
"Practical Forestry in the Pacific Northwest" by Edward Tyson Allen
We of the red races learn to have patience, because we are not in such a hurry to consume time as you white people are.
"The Sun Of Quebec" by Joseph A. Altsheler
My business is to pay the bills and keep in a good humor, And it really doesn't matter, since I'm only a consumer.
"The Wit and Humor of America, Volume IV. (of X.)" by Various
It is the intention to raise all the food that is consumed on the place, and to manufacture all supplies.
"Little Journeys To The Homes Of Great Teachers" by Elbert Hubbard
As we had now more meat than the party could consume fresh, we delayed our voyage next day to dry it.
"Narrative of a Journey to the Shores of the Polar Sea, in the years 1819-20-21-22, Volume 2" by John Franklin
The greater part of the food we eat is consumed by the muscles.
"Vitality Supreme" by Bernarr Macfadden
Spain is the largest consumer of cacao.
"The Andes and the Amazon" by James Orton
As a lark at boarding-school I had consumed a quarter of an inch of as many as a half-dozen cigarettes.
"The Fifth Wheel" by Olive Higgins Prouty
The low-priced beef and mutton sold in our markets are as unprofitable to the consumer as they are to the producer.
"Talks on Manures" by Joseph Harris
When the consumer really values hygienic environment, the producer will supply it.
"How to Live" by Irving Fisher and Eugene Fisk
Even the two and one-half billion pounds of wool consumed yearly is converted grass.
"Commercial Geography" by Jacques W. Redway
Another thing, buttermilk does not cause the nose to become red, and the consumer's breath does not smell like the next day after a sangerfest.
"Peck's Sunshine Being a Collection of Articles Written for Peck's Sun, Milwaukee, Wis. - 1882" by George W. Peck
What becomes of the fat consumed within the animal body?
"The Stock-Feeder's Manual" by Charles Alexander Cameron
As with diamonds, we are the largest consumers.
"An African Adventure" by Isaac F. Marcosson
At that time he was consuming only 188,748 bales, while New England took 1,129,498.
"The Fabric of Civilization" by Anonymous
The best candle-wicks are made of fine cotton; the coarser yarn consumes faster, and burns less steady.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
Not a cry escaped his lips, as the fierce flames consumed his quivering flesh.
"Ferdinand De Soto, The Discoverer of the Mississippi" by John S. C. Abbott

In poetry:

Shall I be still tormented more?
Mine eye consumed with grief?
How long, my God, how long before
Thine hand afford relief?
"Psalm 6" by Isaac Watts
Once 'twas a seat of dreadful wrath,
And shot devouring flame
Our God appeared "consuming fire,"
And Vengeance was his name.
"Hymn 108" by Isaac Watts
When thou against them dost engage,
Thy just but dreadful doom
Shall, like a fiery oven's rage,
Their hopes and them consume.
"Psalm 21" by Isaac Watts
Yet I may plead with humble cries,
Remove thy sharp rebukes;
My strength consumes, my spirit dies,
Through thy repeated strokes.
"Psalm 39 part 3" by Isaac Watts
His form is as the son of man:
His eyes are as a flame of fire:
They dart a sin consuming pain,
And life and joy divine inspire.
"Hymn 1" by Noah Calwell W Cannon
Whate'er is Born of Mortal Birth
Must be consumed with the Earth
To rise from Generation free:
Then what have I to do with thee?
"To Tirzah" by William Blake

In news:

Conditions at Colorado Springs, CO. Consumer Union, the advocacy arm of Consumer Reports, believes eating meat from animals treated with antibiotics is reducing the affects of the drugs in humans.
Consumer Reports says consumers should limit their rice intake.
The recently established Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has also committed to working with DNA on consumer issues.
The judgment requires that the payment be used by Kansas for attorneys ' fees and litigation costs, to increase consumer education, and to increase the enforcement of consumer protection laws.
Consumer electronics company Pioneer has appointed agency support as it looks to expand the brand's DJ market dominance into the wider consumer world.
In fact, Technomic's Menu Positioning & Occasion Driver Consumer Trend Report found that half of all food consumers purchase away from home is driven by cravings.
Slightly more than three of every 10 consumers said they were most likely to head to supermarkets first for their oral care needs, but discount stores still held the edge, luring over one-third of consumers to their oral care shelves first.
Nine out of 10 consumers said recycling CE is important, according to a study from the Consumer Electronics Association.
The Consumer Electronics Association this week announced the launch of a new Consumer Electronics Energy Calculator tool, located on
Bolthouse Farms has not received any reports of consumer illness or other consumer complaints related to this product.
Verizon was the highest-rated major carrier in Consumer Reports' annual cell-phone service ratings, based on a survey of 63,253 subscribers by the Consumer Reports National Research Center.
Clark Howard is a nationally syndicated consumer advocate who advises consumers how to save more, spend less and avoid getting ripped off.
This photo combo of images provided by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada shows Gruga Office Chairs that are being recalled because the seat plate can break, posing a fall hazard to consumers.
Consumers should always contact the Department of Consumer Protection to check out the credentials of contractors or to report suspected fraud .
At a time when consumers in Europe and the US struggle with huge debts, most major US companies have been flocking to emerging economies for the next big consumer -- namely, in China.

In science:

However, we will not reproduce in detail the proof of Theorem 7.1.1 in each of these settings, as this would consume a good deal of space and the modifications are all straightforward.
Random Surfaces
For example a user may be assigned a quota on the total amount of storage they can consume by community policy, meaning the amount of new data a user can store is the difference between the quota and amount they have currently stored. CAS currently works with statically defined rights.
A Community Authorization Service for Group Collaboration
Sedykh [4,5]. It turned out, firstly, that the ionospheric consumer updates the convection rate and through it the plasma pressure gradient, which determines the density of bulk currents which, in turn, determines the behavior of field-aligned currents through its divergence.
Concerning the conjugation of field-aligned currents
Practical random number generators have large values of p, and simulations consume only a negligible part of the period.
Pseudo Random Coins Show More Heads Than Tails
Practical applications usually consume only tiny fractions of the period, hence they may well take advantage of the initial reduction of the bias for larger values of t.
Pseudo Random Coins Show More Heads Than Tails
Here one movement along the diagonals of the square lattice is counted as a step, and each step consumes two pseudo random bits.
Pseudo Random Coins Show More Heads Than Tails
The numerical evaluation of R(~r , ~r) (see Fig. 1) and R(0, ~r) (right inset in Fig. 1) within this approximation is extremely fast and the results (thin lines) show considerable agreement with numerically exact, but time consuming quantum mechanical reference calculations (symbols).
Semiclassical Construction of Random Wave Functions for Confined Systems
Our computer simulations, which usually took only seconds, cannot give the geometrical structure or the magnitude of the magnetic moments; these were taken from the much more time consuming calculations of .
Simple Simulation of Magnetic Structure for Nanoclusters
Thus, one of the two copies of the state can be consumed to verify a contextual condition.
Logic-Based Specification Languages for Intelligent Software Agents
This is extremely time-consuming, and was not practical with the Mosaic’s 2.5 minute read-out.
The Globular Cluster System of NGC 5128 I. Survey and Catalogs
The electronic read-out of the hodoscopes also had to be economical in terms of cost, space and power consumption. A main consideration was the avoidance of high power consuming electronic crates and modules.
Development of a compact scintillator hodoscope with wavelength-shifting fibre read-out
The proposed detector (Adler) had to be self-contained, as small and light as possible, consistent with the design ob jective and consume minimum electrical power.
Development of a compact scintillator hodoscope with wavelength-shifting fibre read-out
The teleportation consumes one ebit represented by the state |Φi23 , and one cbit in each direction to communicate the measurement outcomes.
Experimental Teleportation of a Quantum Controlled-NOT Gate
However the maximum bandwidth that any node must consume in a central system will not be the least.
Balanced Overlay Networks (BON): Decentralized Load Balancing via Self-Organized Random Networks
And while the total consumption of bandwidth is important, the bandwidth that any single node consumes can be a signi ficant bottleneck for large central networks.
Balanced Overlay Networks (BON): Decentralized Load Balancing via Self-Organized Random Networks