• WordNet 3.6
    • n digester autoclave consisting of a vessel in which plant or animal materials are digested
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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
    • Digester A medicine or an article of food that aids digestion, or strengthens digestive power. "Rice is . . . a great restorer of health, and a great digester ."
    • Digester A strong closed vessel, in which bones or other substances may be subjected, usually in water or other liquid, to a temperature above that of boiling, in order to soften them.
    • Digester One who digests.
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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 digester One who or that which digestes. One who analyzes and arranges in due order; one who makes a digest.
    • n digester One who digests food.
    • n digester That which assists the digestion of food, as a medicine or an artiele of food that strengthens the digestive power of the alimentary canal.
    • n digester A strong close vessel, in which bones or other substances may he subjected, in water or other liquid, to a temperature above that of boiling. It is made of iron or other metal, with an airtight lid, in which is a safety-valve. In this vessel animal or other substances are placed, and submitted to a higher degree of heat that could be obtained in open vessels, by which means the solvent power of the liquid is greatly increased. It is called in this form (first described in 1681)Papin's digester, from its inventor, Denis Papin, a Frenchman. The principle is applied in other forms, and by it various useful products are obtained on a large scale from animal carcases unfit for other use. In other kinds of digesters the operation is chemical, and does not imply the extreme pressures employed in that above described. Thus, in one kind, nut-galls or other vegetable products are placed in a vessel and saturated with ether; the volatile extract falls in minute drops into a closed vessel below, which is connected by means of a pipe with the top of the upper vessel to prevent the escape of the ether. See rendering-tank. Also digestor.
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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 Digester one who digests: a close vessel in which by heat and pressure strong extracts are made from animal and vegetable substances
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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.”
  • 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.”


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


In literature:

The nourishment received from food depends less on the quantity than on its being perfectly digested.
"A Practical Directory for Young Christian Females" by Harvey Newcomb
Monotony of diet and of flavor lessens the appetite and fails to stimulate the digestive organs.
"Public School Domestic Science" by Mrs. J. Hoodless
Digestion is essentially identical with dissolving or bringing into a liquid state.
"The Breath of Life" by John Burroughs
Detached by their mandibles, fragment by fragment, the material is digested.
"Social Life in the Insect World" by J. H. Fabre
They had not as many good things to eat as we have, and they had better digestion.
"Modern Eloquence: Vol III, After-Dinner Speeches P-Z" by Various
Beef, mutton, lamb, and venison are easily digested, while fat roast pork and veal are digested with difficulty.
"The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English" by R. V. Pierce
There is little doubt but that persons of weak digestive powers and sedentary habits cannot digest porridge comfortably.
"Food Remedies" by Florence Daniel
We all of us live in symbiosis with the bacteria in our digestive tracts, don't we?
"Star Surgeon" by Alan Nourse
Sometimes this eye strain upsets your appetite or your digestion and makes you sleepless and worried.
"The Child's Day" by Woods Hutchinson
Digest, 48 ('14): 1435.
"Contemporary American Literature" by John Matthews Manly and Edith Rickert

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
'Tis a mistake to eat too much
Of any dishes but the best;
And you, of course, should never touch
A thing you know you can't digest;
For instance, lobster; -- if you do,
Well, -- I'm amayonnaised at you!
"Enough is as Good as a Feast" by Harry Graham
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:

When you highlight one of the parts of the system on the list, you will find a tiny, spinning square on the digestive system , showing where that part is located.
Reportlinker Adds IP Overview - "Monoclonal Antibodies against digestive system cancers" Patent Landscape 2010.
'Camera in a Pill' Views Digestive Tract .
As a motivational presenter, before I hit the podium, the last thing this 60 something wants is to be processing heavy, hard to digest food.
All the blood I needed for clear thinking, energy and focus would be rerouted from my brain to my tummy to assist digestion.
Get the entire gold coins section of 2012 US Coin Digest.
We all need saliva to moisten and cleanse our mouths and digest food.
Molecular Emergency Brake Regulates Self-Digestion.
Harrison's Bird Foods presents Avian Enzyme , a source of live, naturally occurring enzymes that aids digestion in birds suffering from chronic pancreatitis, malabsorption syndrome or proventricular dilatation, the company reports.
But as people get older most lose their ability to digest it fully.
Fermented foods like sauerkraut, pickles, yogurt and aged cheese are a powerful aid to digestion and protect against disease.
One of the questions we get asked the most at Writer's Digest: How do I publish a book.
Upper digestive tract obstruction can occur after ingestion of various types of foreign bodies.
Comprehensive overview covers symptoms, treatment of reduced blood supply to the digestive system.
MM&M Weekly Digest is a weekly roundup of the week's big stories and notable developments in healthcare marketing, delivered every Friday.

In science:

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
Eval for input k and M ∈ {0, 1}∗ deterministically outputs a digest H.
Random Oracles in a Quantum World
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