• WordNet 3.6
    • n digestion learning and coming to understand ideas and information "his appetite for facts was better than his digestion"
    • n digestion the organic process by which food is converted into substances that can be absorbed into the body
    • n digestion the process of decomposing organic matter (as in sewage) by bacteria or by chemical action or heat
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Wood pulp digester Wood pulp digester
The Organs of Digestion The Organs of Digestion

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Studies indicate that listening to music is good for digestion
    • Digestion (Med) Generation of pus; suppuration.
    • Digestion The act or process of digesting; reduction to order; classification; thoughtful consideration.
    • Digestion (Physiol) The conversion of food, in the stomach and intestines, into soluble and diffusible products, capable of being absorbed by the blood.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: It takes a sloth up to six days to digest the food it eats
    • n digestion Order; arrangement.
    • n digestion The physiological process of converting the food from the state in which it enters the mouth to that in which it can pass from the alimentary canal into the blood-vessels and lymphatics. The principal features of the process, apart from the comminution of the food, are the conversion of starch into sugar and of proteids into peptones, and the emulsionizing of the fats. These changes are effected by the action of soluble ferments furnished by the salivary glands, thegastric glands, the pancreas, and the intestinal glands. The bile is also of service, especially in the emulsionizing of the fats.
    • n digestion The function or power of assimilating nutriment.
    • n digestion In botany: The process carried on in leaves under the action of light, resulting in the decomposition of carbonic acid and the evolution of oxygen.
    • n digestion In insectivorous plants, an action of secreted fluids upon insects or other organic matter, similar to the process of digestion in animals.
    • n digestion In chem.: The operation of exposing bodies to heat to prepare them for some action on each other.
    • n digestion The action ofa solvent on any substance, especially under the influence of heat and pressure; solution; liquefaction. See digester .
    • n digestion The act of methodizing and reducing to order; coördination.
    • n digestion The process of maturing an ulcer or a wound, and disposing it to generate pus; maturation.
    • n digestion The process of dissolution and preparation of substances for manure, as in compost.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: For the 66% of American's who admit to reading in the bathroom, the preferred reading material is "Reader's Digest."
    • n Digestion the dissolving of the food in the stomach: orderly arrangement: exposing to slow heat, &c
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  • Giorgos Seferis
    Giorgos Seferis
    “Don't ask me who's influenced me. A lion is made up of the lambs he's digested, and I've been reading all my life.”
  • Henry Miller
    “We do not talk -- we bludgeon one another with facts and theories gleaned from cursory readings of newspapers, magazines and digests.”
  • Havelock Ellis
    “A man must not swallow more beliefs than he can digest.”
  • George Herbert
    “Take all that is given whether wealth, love or language, nothing comes by mistake and with good digestion all can be turned to health.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “While grief is fresh, every attempt to divert only irritates. You must wait till grief be digested, and then amusement will dissipate the remains of it.”
  • Iris Murdoch
    “Philosophy! Empty thinking by ignorant conceited men who think they can digest without eating!”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. digestion, L. digestio,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. digerĕre, digestum, to carry asunder or dissolve—di (= dis), asunder, and gerĕre, to bear.


In literature:

On the 11th June, 1776, Congress appointed a committee to prepare and digest a plan of confederation for the colonies.
"A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents" by James D. Richardson
Physically, it is the result and proof of the digestive organs being healthy and perfect.
"Library Of The World's Best Literature, Ancient And Modern, Vol 6" by Various
A sailor's ration in the Russian navy is more than sufficient for an ordinary appetite and digestion.
"Overland through Asia; Pictures of Siberian, Chinese, and Tartar Life" by Thomas Wallace Knox
It will be found beautifully short, very tasty, and more digestible than white flour pastry.
"The Allinson Vegetarian Cookery Book" by Thomas R. Allinson
Is caused generally by lack of power in the digestive organs to digest and assimilate the fat-producing elements of food.
"The Whitehouse Cookbook (1887)" by Mrs. F.L. Gillette
The cooking of any article of food has evidently much, very much, to do with its digestibility.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 484, April 11, 1885" by Various
Corn and wheat and the other cereals are just as well digested if equally well prepared.
"Food Guide for War Service at Home" by Katharine Blunt, Frances L. Swain, and Florence Powdermaker
This is because it digests rapidly.
"Everyday Foods in War Time" by Mary Swartz Rose
This powder has a strongly stimulating effect, and is believed to aid digestion.
"Burroughs' Encyclopaedia of Astounding Facts and Useful Information, 1889" by Barkham Burroughs
Why, he couldn't have digested his food, if he had eaten standing.
"Abbe Mouret's Transgression La Faute De L'abbe Mouret" by Emile Zola
The experiments of Pawlow and others have explained the dependence of digestion upon mental states.
"The Nervous Child" by Hector Charles Cameron
The brain and the digestion begin to smoke.
"Around The Tea-Table" by T. De Witt Talmage
The question of diet must then be limited to food that is perfectly digestible by the traveller.
"The Art of Travel" by Francis Galton
He took a few turns on the upper deck, smoking his pipe, walking about fast, while his dinner digested.
"Vandover and the Brute" by Frank Norris
But mere digestive tissue is not enough for digestion.
"The Whence and the Whither of Man" by John Mason Tyler
One of the patients described above, Mr. C, was by trade a plumber; both of them could digest no food, and died apparently for want of blood.
"Zoonomia, Vol. I" by Erasmus Darwin
From the first Invasion of a Fever, Digestion ceases.
"Advice to the people in general, with regard to their health" by Samuel Auguste David Tissot
An infusion of torrefied coffee assists digestion, and frequently removes headaches resulting from derangement in the digestive functions.
"Curiosities of Medical Experience" by J. G. (John Gideon) Millingen
Sheep are also liable to several diseases of the brain, and of the respiratory and digestive organs.
"Sheep, Swine, and Poultry" by Robert Jennings
A man with a bad digestive apparatus is practically an invalid.
"Health, Happiness, and Longevity" by Louis Philippe McCarty

In poetry:

Thus easily can Earth digest
A cinder of sidereal fire,
And make her translunary guest
The native of an English shire.
"The Meteorite" by C S Lewis
The beef digested--Thomas took
What guarded fat and lean
To where you hate to smell or look,
And ev'ry part made clean.
"The Lover" by William Hutton
Enable me, my gracious Lord!
To learn and so digest thy word,
That I may coprehend aright
What for my peace is requisite.
"A Prayer For Mr. Samuel Prichard, The Author's Son" by Rees Prichard
That plans which I thought well digested
May prove to be bubbles of air;
And hopes when they come to be tested,
May turn to the seed of despair.
"Prison Fancies" by Ernest Jones
Ah, I see you scoff at my meaning,
You flaccid, indolent bookworm, you!
What would you give for my good digestion
And my nerve-cords sound and true?
"A Taunt" by Maurice Thompson
I 'd take a suit not made for looks,
Some easily digested books,
Some flies, some lines, some bait, some hooks,
Then would I seek the bays and brooks.
"In August" by Paul Laurence Dunbar

In news:

They said if they did it all again, they would definitely build the digester , but they would do many things differently – like listening to warnings and recommendations from people who already run digesters .
Biogas digesters aren't new, but this is the latest technology, a low-temperature system that mimics a cow's stomach.
Dairy digesters , Wisconsin, environment.
Henriques, a systems engineering graduate student at University of Virginia, explains how he and his colleague William G Schnorr designed and created a sustainable biogas digester to be used for cooking in the Kenyan village of Namawanga.
Rapid Test Targets Starch Digestibility .
Thermal Hydrolysis Comes to America: DC Water's Digestion Project.
Using thermal hydrolysis as a way to improve wastewater solids digestion is receiving interest from various organizations across the profession.
Herbsmith presents Microflora Plus for Digestion , a daily supplement that combines probiotics, prebiotics, digestive enzymes and herbs.
A lot of people with irritable bowel syndrome need to stay away from foods high in fat, she says, including butter and cream because they can cause digestive problems.
"Part of the answer is that fiber helps normalize transit time, or the rate at which food moves through the digestive tract," says Joanne L Slavin, PhD, RD, professor of food science and nutrition at the University of Minnesota.
Insoluble fiber remains more intact as it passes through the digestive system.
The editors of Consumers Digest praised the interior layout, seat design and smooth, rough-water ride of the Z520.
31 AM on September 28, 2012 by Tom Scheck (2 Comments) Filed under: Daily Digest.
Sep 1, 2012 Barb Baylor Anderson Corn and Soybean Digest.
Ken Watts, in receipt of a framed copy of the CIO Digest article presented by Kelly Ent, is the City's one-man IT team.

In science:

From an aesthetic point of view, the latter coincidence looks more digestible than the former.
Dynamical Relaxation of the Dark Matter to Baryon Ratio
Deneault et al. (2003) present a physical condensation argument to identify the region within the supernovae; but their argument awaits digestion by the condensation-chemist community.
Are Ti44-Producing Supernovae Exceptional?
Naor, A lower bound on the number of solutions to the probed partial digest problem.
Delange's Tauberian theorem and asymptotic normality of random ordered factorizations of integers
In the simplest case, the species is one of the amino acid sequences generated by an in silico digest of the protein database, e.g., by trypsin.
Analyzing LC-MS/MS data by spectral count and ion abundance: two case studies
The search space, however, is usually expanded beyond that of the in silico digest to include, for example, species with missed or non-tryptic cleavages, and species with altered mass due to anticipated chemical modifications of specific amino acids.
Analyzing LC-MS/MS data by spectral count and ion abundance: two case studies
To mimic biological replicates, Kolker et al. prepared six (6) replicate samples of Mix1 and Mix 2 and digested each independently with trypsin.
Analyzing LC-MS/MS data by spectral count and ion abundance: two case studies
We analzyed a subset of the data collected for the CPTAC study, comparing the trypsin-digested yeast protein lysate samples, designated QC2, with the UPS1 spike-in samples, designated A, B, C, D and E.
Analyzing LC-MS/MS data by spectral count and ion abundance: two case studies
The experimental design of the BIATECH-54 study implicitly assumes that proteins undergo full tryptic digestion.
Analyzing LC-MS/MS data by spectral count and ion abundance: two case studies
Identification and relative quantitation of protein mixtures by enzymatic digestion followed by capillary reversed-phase liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry.
Analyzing LC-MS/MS data by spectral count and ion abundance: two case studies
These difficulties are compounded by the fact that the postulates o f quantum physics forbid any classical observer from getting more than a small probabilistic digest of the internal quantum state of the system.
Certifiable Quantum Dice - Or, testable exponential randomness expansion
Audenaert. A digest on representation theory of the symmetric group, 2006.
Weak multiplicativity for random quantum channels
As an example, we will consider the digestion step. We describe the digestion process on a pair of peptides within the targeted protein as a Bernoulli random process associated with a cleavage probability controlled by the digestion kinetic law.
Bayesian hierarchical reconstruction of protein profiles including a digestion model
Novel aspect : Bayesian hierarchical inversion, technological variability, digestion model, robust protein quantification.
Bayesian hierarchical reconstruction of protein profiles including a digestion model
It the first author’s belief that the inability of common model theoretic language to digest these statements in their full power and generality is a ma jor obstacle in further exploring these intriguing connections between Shelah’s excellent classes and deep algebro-geometric conjectures.
Exercices de style: A homotopy theory for set theory II
This makes the present section more accessible and, since the general fibrational treatment of induction can be seen as a direct generalisation of the treatment presented here, Section 4 should also be more easily digestible once the derivation is understood in this special case.
Generic Fibrational Induction