Definitions for: Digest

[n] something that is compiled (as into a single book or file)
[n] a periodical that summarizes the news
[v] arrange and integrate in the mind; "I cannot digest all this information"
[v] convert food into absorbable substances; "I cannot digest milk products"

Webster (1913) Definition: Di*gest", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Digested; p. pr. & vb.
n. Digesting.] [L. digestus, p. p. of digerere to separate,
arrange, dissolve, digest; di- = dis- + gerere to bear,
carry, wear. See Jest.]
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.

Joining them together and digesting them into order.

We have cause to be glad that matters are so well
digested. --Shak.

2. (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.

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

Feelingly digest the words you speak in prayer.
--Sir H.

How shall this bosom multiplied digest The senate's
courtesy? --Shak.

4. To appropriate for strengthening and comfort.

Grant that we may in such wise hear them [the
Scriptures], read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest
them. --Book of
Common Prayer.

5. Hence: To bear comfortably or patiently; to be reconciled
to; to brook.

I never can digest the loss of most of Origin's
works. --Coleridge.

6. (Chem.) To soften by heat and moisture; to expose to a
gentle heat in a boiler or matrass, as a preparation for
chemical operations.

7. (Med.) To dispose to suppurate, or generate healthy pus,
as an ulcer or wound.

8. To ripen; to mature. [Obs.]

Well-digested fruits. --Jer. Taylor.

9. To quiet or abate, as anger or grief.

Di*gest", v. i.
1. To undergo digestion; as, food digests well or ill.

2. (Med.) To suppurate; to generate pus, as an ulcer.

Di"gest, n. [L. digestum, pl. digesta, neut., fr.
digestus, p. p.: cf. F. digeste. See Digest, v. t.]
That which is digested; especially, that which is worked
over, classified, and arranged under proper heads or titles;
esp. (Law), 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.

A complete digest of Hindu and Mahommedan laws after
the model of Justinian's celebrated Pandects. --Sir W.

They made a sort of institute and digest of anarchy,
called the Rights of Man. --Burke.

Synonyms: compilation

See Also: apprehend, collection, compass, compendium, comprehend, consume, dig, get the picture, grasp, have, ingest, periodical, predigest, process, savvy, stomach, take, take in, treat

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