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Definition of Digest


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. To appropriate for strengthening and comfort.
  5. Hence: To bear comfortably or patiently; to be reconciled to; to brook.
  6. To soften by heat and moisture; to expose to a gentle heat in a boiler or matrass, as a preparation for chemical operations.
  7. To dispose to suppurate, or generate healthy pus, as an ulcer or wound.
  8. To ripen; to mature.
  9. To quiet or abate, as anger or grief.
  10. To undergo digestion; as, food digests well or ill.
  11. To suppurate; to generate pus, as an ulcer.
  12. That which is digested; especially, that which is worked over, classified, and arranged under proper heads or titles
  13. A compilation of statutes or decisions analytically arranged. The term is applied in a general sense to the Pandects of Justinian (see Pandect), but is also specially given by authors to compilations of laws on particular topics; a summary of laws; as, Comyn's Digest; the United States Digest.

Digest Quotations

We can't really digest food unless there's hunger. So we can't really assimilate spiritual wisdom unless we feel the need for it.
Radhanath Swami

I don't digest things with my mind.
Marilyn Monroe

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.
Ambrose Bierce

Edible, adj.: 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.
Ambrose Bierce

Philosophy! Empty thinking by ignorant conceited men who think they can digest without eating!
Iris Murdoch
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Digest Translations

digest in Dutch is verteren, verduwen, digereren
digest in Hungarian is kivonat
digest in Italian is digerire
digest in Spanish is compendio, digerir

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