• WordNet 3.6
    • v digest soften or disintegrate by means of chemical action, heat, or moisture
    • v digest make more concise "condense the contents of a book into a summary"
    • v digest soften or disintegrate, as by undergoing exposure to heat or moisture
    • v digest systematize, as by classifying and summarizing "the government digested the entire law into a code"
    • v digest become assimilated into the body "Protein digests in a few hours"
    • v digest arrange and integrate in the mind "I cannot digest all this information"
    • v digest put up with something or somebody unpleasant "I cannot bear his constant criticism","The new secretary had to endure a lot of unprofessional remarks","he learned to tolerate the heat","She stuck out two years in a miserable marriage"
    • v digest convert food into absorbable substances "I cannot digest milk products"
    • n digest something that is compiled (as into a single book or file)
    • n digest a periodical that summarizes the news
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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
    • Digest Hence: To bear comfortably or patiently; to be reconciled to; to brook. "I never can digest the loss of most of Origin's works."
    • n Digest (Law) That which is digested; especially, that which is worked over, classified, and arranged under proper heads or titles "A complete digest of Hindu and Mahommedan laws after the model of Justinian's celebrated Pandects.""They made a sort of institute and digest of anarchy, called the Rights of Man."
    • Digest To appropriate for strengthening and comfort. "Grant that we may in such wise hear them [the Scriptures], read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them."
    • Digest (Med) To dispose to suppurate, or generate healthy pus, as an ulcer or wound.
    • Digest To distribute or arrange methodically; to work over and classify; to reduce to portions for ready use or application; as, to digest the laws, etc. "Joining them together and digesting them into order.""We have cause to be glad that matters are so well digested ."
    • Digest To quiet or abate, as anger or grief.
    • Digest To ripen; to mature. "Well- digested fruits."
    • Digest (Physiol) To separate (the food) in its passage through the alimentary canal into the nutritive and nonnutritive elements; to prepare, by the action of the digestive juices, for conversion into blood; to convert into chyme.
    • Digest (Chem) To soften by heat and moisture; to expose to a gentle heat in a boiler or matrass, as a preparation for chemical operations.
    • Digest (Med) To suppurate; to generate pus, as an ulcer.
    • Digest To think over and arrange methodically in the mind; to reduce to a plan or method; to receive in the mind and consider carefully; to get an understanding of; to comprehend. "Feelingly digest the words you speak in prayer.""How shall this bosom multiplied digest The senate's courtesy?"
    • Digest To undergo digestion; as, food digests well or ill.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: It takes a sloth up to six days to digest the food it eats
    • digest To divide; separate.
    • digest To analyze and distribute into suitable classes, or under proper heads or titles, usually with condensation, so as to state results in concise form; arrange in convenient order; dispose methodically.
    • digest To draw up in order; arrange.
    • digest To arrange methodically in the mind; think out with due arrangement of parts; ponder; settle in one's mind: as, to digest a plan or scheme.
    • digest To prepare for assimilation, as food, by the physiological process of digestion: applied also by extension to the action of certain insectivorous plants.
    • digest Hence —
    • digest To assimilate mentally; obtain mental nourishment or improvement from by thorough comprehension: as, to digest a book or a discourse.
    • digest To bear with patience or with an effort; brook; receive without resentment; put up with; endure: as, to digest an insult.
    • digest In chem., to soften and prepare by heat; expose to a gentle heat in a boiler or matrass, as a preparation for operations.
    • digest To dissolve and prepare for manure, as plants and other substances.
    • digest In medicine, to dispose to suppurate, as an ulcer or a wound.—
    • digest To mature; ripen.
    • digest Synonyms
    • digest To classify, codify, systematize, methodize, reduce to order.
    • digest To study out, meditate, ponder, work upon.
    • digest To carry on the physiological process of digestion.
    • digest To undergo digestion, as food.
    • digest To be prepared by heat.
    • digest To suppurate; generate pus, as an ulcer or a wound.
    • digest To dissolve and be prepared for manure, as substances in compost.
    • n digest A collection, compilation, abridgment, or summary of literary, legal, scientific, or historical matter, arranged in some convenient order.
    • n digest Specifically [capitalized] The collection or body of Roman laws prepared by order of the emperor Justinian. See pandect.
    • n digest In law, a compilation of concise statements, summaries, or analyses of statutes or of reported cases, or of both, arranged in alphabetical order of subjects, usually with analytic subdivisions, so as to form a systematic compend of the authorities represented in the collection.
    • n digest Synonyms Compendium, Compend, etc. See abridgment.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Your stomach produces a new layer of mucus every two weeks so that it doesn't digest itself.
    • v.t Digest di-jest′ to dissolve food in the stomach: to soften by heat and moisture: to distribute and arrange: to prepare or classify in the mind: to think over
    • v.i Digest to be dissolved in the stomach: to be softened by heat and moisture
    • n Digest dī′jest a body of laws collected and arranged, esp. the Justinian code of civil laws.
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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.”
  • Havelock Ellis
    “A man must not swallow more beliefs than he can digest.”
  • Friedrich Nietzsche
    “A strong and secure man digests his experiences (deeds and misdeeds alike) just as he digests his meat, even when he has some bits to swallow.”
  • Ambrose Bierce
    “Edible. Good to eat and wholesome to digest, as a worm to a toad, a toad to a snake, a snake to a pig, a pig to a man, and a man to a worm.”
  • Charles T. Copeland
    Charles T. Copeland
    “To eat is human, to digest divine.”
  • Iris Murdoch
    “Philosophy! Empty thinking by ignorant conceited men who think they can digest without eating!”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. digestus, p. p. of digerere, to separate, arrange, dissolve, digest; di- = dis-, + gerere, to bear, carry, wear. See Jest
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. digesta, neut. pl. of digestus, pa.p. of digerĕre, to carry apart, to arrange.


In literature:

I have known him to be so hungry that he would eat frozen apples and corn which he could not digest.
"The Wit of a Duck and Other Papers" by John Burroughs
Cabbage is rendered much more difficult of digestion by cooking.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Household Science in Rural Schools" by Ministry of Education Ontario
Fish is liked by most persons, is more easily digested than meat and is nourishing.
"Checking the Waste" by Mary Huston Gregory
Define digestible protein; digestible carbohydrates, digestible fat.
"Human Foods and Their Nutritive Value" by Harry Snyder
Their appetite is poor, their digestion is feeble, their prostration is pronounced.
"The Eugenic Marriage, Volume IV. (of IV.)" by Grant Hague
Then, there may be plenty of food but not the kind it can digest.
"The Wonder Island Boys: Adventures on Strange Islands" by Roger Thompson Finlay
"A Treatise on Domestic Economy" by Catherine Esther Beecher
It is an excellent food, being easily digested and easily prepared.
"No Animal Food" by Rupert H. Wheldon
Nothing is more sure to produce a disordered digestion, than the habit of irregular eating or drinking.
"The Education of American Girls" by Anna Callender Brackett
It is important to keep the digestion in order and the bowels should be carefully regulated as a means to this end.
"Searchlights on Health: Light on Dark Corners" by B.G. Jefferis

In poetry:

The digestion of Milton
Was unequal to Stilton.
He was only feeling so-so
When he wrote Il Penseroso
"Clerihew – Milton" by Edmund Clerihew Bentley
"Who's the Knight-Mayor?" I cried. Instead
Of answering my question,
"Well, if you don't know THAT," he said,
"Either you never go to bed,
Or you've a grand digestion!
"Phantasmagoria Canto V (" by Lewis Carroll
The thought it was one too wo-begone
For a Queen's digestive powers:
She had never a wink of sleep that night;
She had time to think, by the morning light,
Of the world a "State" devours.
"The Royal Bounty" by Ernest Jones
The savages went naked and no doubt digested fruit,
And when they longed for partridge all they had to do was shoot.
But it may be Mrs. Savage was extravagant in paint
And all the little Savages made juvenile complaint.
"Expenses" by Gamaliel Bradford
Oh, Nancy, lovely Nancy, you know you cannot go,
The squatters have given orders "no women shall do so;"
Besides, your delicate stomach, love, is not equal unto mine,
To digest the ram-stag mutton on the banks of Riverine.
"Banks of Riverine" by Anonymous Oceania
"For all the minds that went to make us
Are dust if folk like you forsake us,
And they can only live again
By virtue of your kindling brain;
In magice print they packed their best:
Come - try their wisdom to digest. . . ."
"My Library" by Robert W Service

In news:

The latest Deerhunter album, Halcyon Digest, leaked earlier this week and has been impressing and surprising people ever since.
The handouts are "digest size" (5" x 7") and have a "For more information, contact".
If you happened to be in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina recently, and were struck from the sky by chunks of partially digested food, it probably wasn't a large bird with some sort of stomach ailment that did you in.
Maud Gonne by Samuel Levenson Reader's Digest Press, 436 pp.
(It's also the first major headphones launch for Monster since HTC took over the Dre line last year, and priced at a similarly digestible $249.
Hadassah Establishes Integrated Institute for Liver and Digestive Tract Diseases.
Our Power Rankings were delayed a day this week as we digested the trade deadline's possible impact on the contenders.
In one trip, honeybees visit 100 to 1,500 blossoms to fill their honey crop, an organ separate from their digestive stomach that is used to transport nectar.
Among the specials this month are $2,000 for the Hot Spring "ARIA," Consumer Digests Best Buy for a hot tub.
Mind-body techniques show real promise when it comes to easing the pain of some digestive disorders.
Color="#FFFFFF" size="2">Back to Arts & Entertainment Digest.
Dog With Digestion Problem Eats in Customized High Chair and Needs New Home (more).
Comprehensive overview covers causes, symptoms, treatment for this common digestive disorder.
All men occasionally get heartburn and indigestion , especially after big meals — but some of us get this digestive problem very frequently.
Most digestive problems can originate in the stomach, the small intestine or both.

In science:

To this day, RXTE is providing a veritable flood of timing information that is still only partially digested.
A review of rapid X-ray variability in X-ray binaries
As the title already indicates this article is intended to provide an easy-to-digest overview of the construction of auxiliary matrices and their relation to the special symmetries at roots of unity.
Representation Theory and Baxter's TQ equation for the six-vertex model. A pedagogical overview
The fifth preprint (Marochnik and Suchkov, 1968e) was the English digest of the theory that was given in the first four preprints.
West-Side Story (On the History of Density-Wave Spiral Theories in the 1960s)
Indeed, digesting the leftovers may be an important secondary evolutionary process, operating alongside the primary hierarchical merging process.
Galaxy Collisions - Dawn of a New Era
For this reason the VerificationCode is a digest of the vote and of the time of the vote, in such a way that the voter can recompute the digest using as ingredients her vote and the timestamp.
A modular eballot system - V0.6