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DIGEST, n. [L., put in order.]

1. A collection or body of Roman laws, digested or arranged under proper titles by order of the Emperor Justinian. A pandect.

2. Any collection, compilation, abridgment or summary of laws, disposed under proper heads or titles; as the digest of Comyns.

DIGEST, v.t. L., to distribute, or to dissolve; to bear, carry, or wear.]

1. To distribute into suitable classes, or under proper heads or titles; to arrange in convenient order; to dispose in due method; as, to digest the Roman laws or the common law.

2. To arrange methodically in the mind; to form with due arrangement of parts; as, to digest a plan or scheme.

3. To separate or dissolve in the stomach, as food; to reduce to minute parts fit to enter the lacteals and circulate; to concoct; to covert into chyme.

4. In chemistry, to soften and prepare by heat; to expose to a gentle heat in a boiler or matrass, as a preparation for chemical operations.

5. To bear with patience; to brook; to receive without resentment; not to reject; as, say what you will, he will digest it.

6. To prepare in the mind; to dispose in a manner that shall improve the understanding and heart; to prepare for nourishing practical duties; as, to digest a discourse or sermon.

7. To dispose an ulcer or wound to suppurate.

8. To dissolve and prepare for manure, as plants and other substances.

DIGEST, v.i.

1. To be prepared by heat.

2. To suppurate; to generate laudable pus; as an ulcer or wound.

3. To dissolve and be prepared for manure, as substances in compost.



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DIGEST, n. [L., put in order.]

1. A collection or body of Roman laws, digested or arranged under proper titles by order of the Emperor Justinian. A pandect.

2. Any collection, compilation, abridgment or summary of laws, disposed under proper heads or titles; as the digest of Comyns.

DIGEST, v.t. L., to distribute, or to dissolve; to bear, carry, or wear.]

1. To distribute into suitable classes, or under proper heads or titles; to arrange in convenient order; to dispose in due method; as, to digest the Roman laws or the common law.

2. To arrange methodically in the mind; to form with due arrangement of parts; as, to digest a plan or scheme.

3. To separate or dissolve in the stomach, as food; to reduce to minute parts fit to enter the lacteals and circulate; to concoct; to covert into chyme.

4. In chemistry, to soften and prepare by heat; to expose to a gentle heat in a boiler or matrass, as a preparation for chemical operations.

5. To bear with patience; to brook; to receive without resentment; not to reject; as, say what you will, he will digest it.

6. To prepare in the mind; to dispose in a manner that shall improve the understanding and heart; to prepare for nourishing practical duties; as, to digest a discourse or sermon.

7. To dispose an ulcer or wound to suppurate.

8. To dissolve and prepare for manure, as plants and other substances.

DIGEST, v.i.

1. To be prepared by heat.

2. To suppurate; to generate laudable pus; as an ulcer or wound.

3. To dissolve and be prepared for manure, as substances in compost.

DI'GEST, n. [L. digestus, put in order.]

  1. .
  2. A collection or body of Roman laws, digested or arranged under proper titles by order of the Emperor Justinian. A pandect.
  3. Any collection, compilation, abridgment or summary of laws, disposed under proper heads or titles; as, the digest of Comyns.

DI-GEST', v.i.

  1. To be prepared by heat.
  2. To suppurate; to generate laudable pus; as an ulcer or wound.
  3. To dissolve and be prepared for manure, as substances in compost.

DI-GEST', v.t. [L. digestum, from digero, to distribute, or to dissolve; di or dis and gero, to bear, carry, or wear; Fr. digerer; It. digerire; Sp. digerir.]

  1. To distribute into suitable classes, or under proper heads or titles; to arrange in convenient order; to dispose in due method; as, to digest the Roman law or the common law.
  2. To arrange methodically in the mind; to form with due arrangement of parts; as, to digest a plan or scheme.
  3. To separate or dissolve in the stomach, as food; to reduce to minute parts fit to enter the lacteals and circulate; to concoct; to convert into chyme. – Coxe. Encyc.
  4. In chimistry, to soften and prepare by heat; to expose to a gentle heat in a boiler or matrass, as a preparation for chimical operations.
  5. To bear with patience; to brook; to receive without resentment; not to reject; as, say what you will, he will digest it. – Shak.
  6. To prepare in the mind; to dispose in a manner that shall improve the understanding and heart; to prepare for nourishing practical duties; as, to digest a discourse or sermon.
  7. To dispose an ulcer or wound to suppurate.
  8. To dissolve and prepare for manure, as plants and other substances.

Di*gest"
  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. Blair.

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

  2. To undergo digestion; as, food digests well or ill.
  3. That which is digested; especially, that which is worked over, classified, and arranged under proper heads or titles

    ; esp. (Law)
  4. 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.
  5. To suppurate; to generate pus, as an ulcer.
  6. 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. Sir H. Sidney.

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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. To soften by heat and moisture; to expose to a gentle heat in a boiler or matrass, as a preparation for chemical operations.
  10. To dispose to suppurate, or generate healthy pus, as an ulcer or wound.
  11. To ripen; to mature.

    [Obs.]

    Well-digested fruits. Jer. Taylor.

  12. To quiet or abate, as anger or grief.
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Digest

DIGEST, noun [Latin , put in order.]

1. A collection or body of Roman laws, digested or arranged under proper titles by order of the Emperor Justinian. A pandect.

2. Any collection, compilation, abridgment or summary of laws, disposed under proper heads or titles; as the digest of Comyns.

DIGEST, verb transitive Latin , to distribute, or to dissolve; to bear, carry, or wear.]

1. To distribute into suitable classes, or under proper heads or titles; to arrange in convenient order; to dispose in due method; as, to digest the Roman laws or the common law.

2. To arrange methodically in the mind; to form with due arrangement of parts; as, to digest a plan or scheme.

3. To separate or dissolve in the stomach, as food; to reduce to minute parts fit to enter the lacteals and circulate; to concoct; to covert into chyme.

4. In chemistry, to soften and prepare by heat; to expose to a gentle heat in a boiler or matrass, as a preparation for chemical operations.

5. To bear with patience; to brook; to receive without resentment; not to reject; as, say what you will, he will digest it.

6. To prepare in the mind; to dispose in a manner that shall improve the understanding and heart; to prepare for nourishing practical duties; as, to digest a discourse or sermon.

7. To dispose an ulcer or wound to suppurate.

8. To dissolve and prepare for manure, as plants and other substances.

DIGEST, verb intransitive

1. To be prepared by heat.

2. To suppurate; to generate laudable pus; as an ulcer or wound.

3. To dissolve and be prepared for manure, as substances in compost.

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