• 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
    • n consumer a person who uses goods or services
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: About 25 percent of all the energy consumed in the US is from natural gas
    • Consumer One who, or that which, consumes; as, the consumer of food.
    • Consumer (Econ) the person or organization that uses some item of commerce or service in its own acitities, as opposed to reselling the item or including it as part of another item for resale; -- called also the end user.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Over $7 billion a year is spent on chocolates by consumers
    • n consumer One who consumes, destroys, wastes, or spends; that which consumes.
    • n consumer Specifically, in polit, econ., one who destroys the exchangeable value of a commodity by using it: the opposite of producer.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Americans consumed over 3.1 billion pounds of chocolate in 2001, which is almost half of the total world's production.
    • ns Consumer as opposed to producer, he who uses an article produced
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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.”
  • John Updike
    “A healthy male adult bore consumes each year one and a half times his own weight in other people's patience.”
  • Stanislaw J. Lec
    Stanislaw J. Lec
    “People find life entirely too time-consuming.”
  • Henri Frederic Amiel
    “The fire which enlightens is the same fire which consumes.”
  • Umberto Eco
    Umberto Eco
    “I would define the poetic effect as the capacity that a text displays for continuing to generate different readings, without ever being completely consumed.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. consum-ĕre, to destroy—con, sig. completeness, sum-ĕre, sumptum, to take.


In literature:

Again, how are vacations consumed?
"The Young Priest's Keepsake" by Michael Phelan
We think that because coal is consumed it necessarily is burned, but such is frequently very far from the fact.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 561, October 2, 1886" by Various
You have reason to be angry but there's no reason in the world why you should let it consume you.
"Mrs. Red Pepper" by Grace S. Richmond
Boil all these together, till half be consumed.
"The Closet of Sir Kenelm Digby Knight Opened" by Kenelm Digby
The hair was singed off, and the entrails taken out, and thrown into the fire, where they were left to consume.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume 16" by Robert Kerr
His impatience to proceed with all possible haste to Goldite was consuming.
"The Furnace of Gold" by Philip Verrill Mighels
It is insipid; will not dissolve in water; and exposed to the fire, it neither consumes nor calcines.
"A Catechism of Familiar Things; Their History, and the Events Which Led to Their Discovery" by Benziger Brothers
A hundred bushels of coal, a day, are consumed at present.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
I think you may supplant all the other furnishing States, except as to what is consumed at Marseilles and its neighborhood.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
From this time on it consumed all his activities.
"The Life and Letters of Walter H. Page, Volume I" by Burton J. Hendrick

In poetry:

Despair within my bosom preys ;—
You see not—but I feel the smart :
Like Ætna's wild internal blaze,
It silently consumes my heart.
"Stanzas - 3" by Mary Anne Browne
"One perfect day of peace,
Or ere clean flame consume my fleshly veil,
My life—a gilded vapor—shall exhale,
Brief as a sigh—and cease.
"Don Rafael" by Emma Lazarus
The law thus shews the divine ire,
And nothing but consuming fire:
The gospel brings the olive-branch,
And blood the burning fire to quench.
"The Believer's Principles : Chap. II." by Ralph Erskine
And went, with music ever swelling,
Where slopes o'erlook the sea,
Piled up the corse with herbs sweet—smelling,
Consumed, and so set free.
"Two Visions" by Alfred Austin
Yet all my thoughts to rhythms run,
To rhyme, my wisdom and my wit?
True, I consume my life in verse,
But wouldst thou know how that is writ?
"Mother Mind" by Julia Ward Howe
St. Laurence, pray for us to bear
The faith which glorifies thy name.
St. Laurence, pray for us to share
The wounds of Love's consuming flame.
"St. Laurence" by Alfred Joyce Kilmer

In news:

Consumer Advocate Tom Martino has been fighting for consumers more than 30-years utilizing Radio, TV, Newspapers, Magazines and the Internet.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is exploring a set of rules it says would make it easier for consumers to understand mortgage costs and compare loans so they can choose the best deal., a new consumer information aimed at helping consumers make better decisions about products before purchasing.
American consumers may be getting a little spooked by stock market jitters and terrorist attacks overseas, though it's premature to say consumer spending is about to tank, a new report indicates.
Nearly all shoppers like consumer reviews as a helpful online shopping tool, according to a study by J.C. Williams Group, and CompUSA reaping the benefits of a hosted consumer reviews service.
Public relations and marketing are converging, and consumers and journalists are using new ways to discover, consume and act on content.
Savvier consumers wait to pounce on Cyber Monday monday, cyber, percent, retailers, year, online, deals, shipping, buy, consumers.
Existing partner salons that carry Privé Products and want to expand their consumer base to online consumers can benefit from the second service that Privé Products offers, a Privé Products secure online e-commerce system.
Professor Steve Hoeffler is an expert in consumer products marketing, brand management and consumer behavior.
CHICAGO—Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan (D) voiced her strong support for an independent federal Consumer Financial Protection Agency (CFPA) to promote consumer interests and sound credit practices on the national level.
According to a November consumer survey by Consumer Reports, nearly 193 million adults plan to participate in the holiday shopping this year.
The Federal Trade Commission, the nation's consumer protection agency, has prepared a guide to help consumers repair the damage that identity theft can cause, and reduce the risk of identity theft from happening.
America imports much of the fuel it consumes, and higher prices at the pump threaten to hurt consumers' pocket books.
A new study by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau says one in five consumers receive a very different score than what a lender comes up with.
Consumers are feeling more confident this holiday season, according to data from Nielsen , a leading global provider of measurement and information about what consumers watch and buy.

In science:

If population n consists of primary producers the corresponding parameter values are ρn = 0, ˜ρn = 1. A population of consumers has ρn = 1, ˜ρn = 0.
Generalized models as a universal approach to the analysis of nonlinear dynamical systems
But, at the same time species 1 may be the only species which is consumed by species 2.
Generalized models as a universal approach to the analysis of nonlinear dynamical systems
Yn )n , one gets a lower bound on the number of cookies consumed by (Xn )n , which Benjamini and Wilson show to be sufficient to ensure transience to the right.
Recurrence and transience of excited random walks on $\Z^d$ and strips
Performing these clock calibrations automatically every 10 seconds – as was done during data-taking with STR ING 18 – consumes negligible bandwidth.
The ICECUBE prototype string in AMANDA
As N , the number of spins is increased, it becomes harder and harder to find solutions near to the edge of chaos, but nevertheless the results which can be obtained are competitive with those achieved by more time-consuming computing methods and suggest that this method may be of general utility.
Free energy landscapes, dynamics and the edge of chaos in mean-field models of spin glasses