• English slip-decorated ware. Although made in England mainly for local consumption, many attractive examples were shipped to Virginia during the 17th century
    English slip-decorated ware. Although made in England mainly for local consumption, many attractive examples were shipped to Virginia during the 17th century
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n consumption the act of consuming something
    • n consumption the process of taking food into the body through the mouth (as by eating)
    • n consumption (economics) the utilization of economic goods to satisfy needs or in manufacturing "the consumption of energy has increased steadily"
    • n consumption involving the lungs with progressive wasting of the body
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Great Britain has the highest consumption of ice cream than any other European nation
    • Consumption (Med) A progressive wasting away of the body; esp., that form of wasting, attendant upon pulmonary phthisis and associated with cough, spitting of blood, hectic fever, etc.; pulmonary phthisis; -- called also pulmonary consumption.
    • Consumption The act or process of consuming by use, waste, etc.; decay; destruction. "Every new advance of the price to the consumer is a new incentive to him to retrench the quality of his consumption ."
    • Consumption The state or process of being consumed, wasted, or diminished; waste; diminution; loss; decay.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Japan ranks Number 3 in the world for coffee consumption.
    • n consumption The act of consuming; destruction as by decomposition, burning, eating, etc.; hence, destruction of substance; annihilation.
    • n consumption Specifically Dissipation or destruction by use; in polit. ccon., the use or expenditure of the products of industry, or of anything having an exchangeable value.
    • n consumption The state of being wasted or diminished.
    • n consumption In medicine: A wasting away of the flesh; a gradual attenuation of the body; progressive emaciation: a word of comprehensive signification
    • n consumption More specifically, a disease of the lungs accompanied by fever and emaciation, often but not invariably fatal: called technically phthisis, or phthisis pulmonaris. See phthisis and tuberculosis.
    • n consumption In Roman law, loss of a right of action after commencement of the suit.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Scandinavia has the world's highest per capita annual coffee consumption, 26.4 pounds. Italy has an annual consumption per capita of only 10 pounds.
    • n Consumption kon-sum′shun the act of using up or consuming—the converse of production—also Consumpt′; pulmonary consumption, a more or less rapidly advancing process of lung destruction, with progressive emaciation—phthisis, tuberculosis
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  • William Shakespeare
    “I can get no remedy against this consumption of the purse: borrowing only lingers and lingers it out, but the disease is incurable.”
  • Raoul Vaneigem
    “Daily life is governed by an economic system in which the production and consumption of insults tends to balance out.”
  • George Santayana
    “A conception not reducible to the small change of daily experience is like a currency not exchangeable for articles of consumption; it is not a symbol, but a fraud.”
  • Guy Debord
    Guy Debord
    “Tourism, human circulation considered as consumption is fundamentally nothing more than the leisure of going to see what has become banal.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. consumptio,: cf. F. consomption,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
See Consume.


In literature:

Consumption has increased tremendously.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Twenty-Fourth Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association
In view of this, the details of actual consumption of gas on a regular customer's order job will be of interest.
"The Working of Steel" by Fred H. Colvin
I've got a consumptive nephew with a consumptive family.
"Marriage à la mode" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
Rice also is grown for export as well as for home consumption, and COTTON is very largely grown for home manufacture.
"Up To Date Business" by Various
But the danger of our coal supply becoming exhausted lies not so much in its present use as in the rapid increase in its consumption.
"Checking the Waste" by Mary Huston Gregory
Her average consumption of coals was fifteen tons per day.
"A General Plan for a Mail Communication by Steam, Between Great Britain and the Eastern and Western Parts of the World" by James MacQueen
What if it shrivel a woman into a mummy, and fade her into a ghost, and plant in her vitals the never-dying worm of consumption!
"Aims and Aids for Girls and Young Women" by George Sumner Weaver
In its earlier stages, before consumption sets in, this trouble may be perfectly cured.
"Papers on Health" by John Kirk
What will cure a consumptive will surely not kill a healthy man.
"Preventable Diseases" by Woods Hutchinson
He died of consumption soon after returning home.
"Memoirs" by Charles Godfrey Leland

In poetry:

A deep and crimson streak
Thy dying leaves disclose;
As on consumption's waning cheek
'Mid ruin blooms the rose.
"To the Autumn" by James Montgomery
This preys upon the active lungs,
Which paints the hectic cheek,
And prophecies a sepulcher
For a consumptive freak.
"Strong Drink" by Frank Barbour Coffin
Consumption, palsy, plague, and pain,
Are due attendants on thy train,
Before thee go—invite thee on,
To finish what they have begun.
"On Death" by Benjamin Cutler Clark
But, alas! three years after her famous exploit,
Which, to the end of time, will never be forgot,
Consumption, that fell destroyer, carried her away
To heaven, I hope, to be an angel for ever and aye.
"Grace Darling or "The Wreck of the Forfarshire"" by William Topaz McGonagall
But dreamt of you all night, and felt
More lonely at the break of day
And trod, to brush the dream away,
The misted pavements where rain fell.
There the consumptive beggars knelt, '
Voiced with the thin voice of a shell.
"Gone Away" by Dominic Frank Moraes
Consumption.--"But I promised you my hand"?--a thing forlorn
Of life; diseased!--Oh, God!--and so, far better so, forsworn!--
Oh, I was jealous of your love. But think: if I had died
Ere babe of mine had come to be a solace at your side!
"One Day And Another: A Lyrical Eclogue – Part IV" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

Not to mention the laws regulating the sale, distribution and consumption of alcohol can be onerous.
Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus talked to the Kitsap Sun about women on subs, the end of smoking on subs, reducing energy consumption and the Navy's role to provide family services.
Staff photo by Cindy Hepner The New Jersey Assembly approved legislation on Thursday to ban the slaughter or sale of horses for human consumption.
TRENTON — The New Jersey Assembly approved bipartisan legislation Thursday to ban the slaughter or sale of horses for human consumption.
Water used for cooking and drinking should be boiled prior to consumption.
This version is supposed to make it harder for the drug to be repurposed for nefarious consumption.
Biggest Energy Saver Contest Challenges Texas Residents to Outsmart Energy Consumption.
Clutter, consumption and the study that shows how possessions shape us.
Palm-oil prices are set for a "pronounced recovery" as demand for vegetable oils outpaces consumption, Hamburg-based researcher Oil World said in October.
Ahmadinejad cheers drop in consumption, 'kisses hands' of entire nation.
There are hazards associated with the consumption of raw milk and there are effective methods of pasteurization available for home use.
Where is per capita consumption headed in 2012.
The lat­est sur­vey released by the Uni­ver­sity of Michigan's Mon­i­tor­ing the Future shows teen alco­hol con­sump­tion is at the low­est level since the study began in 1975.
Power consumption by electric motors Worldwide, about two-thirds of the electricity is consumed by motors used in powers industrial facilities.
The 20-year meteoric ride for American Pima cotton in California's San Joaquin Valley spiraled down over the past two seasons, as production and consumption nosedived right along with the world economy.

In science:

In Table 1, the time consumption (or laboriousness) of our algorithm is better than that of the old modified WOS method.
An Efficient Modified "Walk On Spheres" Algorithm for the Linearized Poisson-Boltzmann Equation
As a prototype system for the generation of oscillations in cells, we discuss a general mechanism by which a large number of active elements such as molecular motors which are coupled to an elastic element and which undergo a chemical cycle of fuel consumption can generate mechanical oscillations [17, 18].
Mechanical oscillations at the cellular scale
The design of the dedicated low power consumption readout electronics developed for this pro ject is described in ref .
Experimental study of a proximity focusing Cherenkov counter prototype for the AMS experiment
The generation speed does not include the time consumption due to the parton shower and hadronization/decays in PYTHIA.
GR@PPA_4b: A Four Bottom Quark Production Event Generator for PP/PPbar Collisions
Accounting Many policies contain quotas or similar rights that are dynamic in that they depend on a user’s current resource consumption.
A Community Authorization Service for Group Collaboration