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Meaning of DIGEST

Pronunciation:  [n]'dIjest, [v]di'jest, 'dI`jest

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

DIGEST is a 6 letter word that starts with D.


 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



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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.
  2. \Di*gest"\, v. i.
    1. To undergo digestion; as, food digests well or ill.
    2. (Med.) To suppurate; to generate pus, as an ulcer.
  3. \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.
Computing Dictionary

A periodical collection of messages which have been posted to a newsgroup or mailing list. A digest is prepared by a moderator who selects articles from the group or list, formats them and adds a contents list. The digest is then either mailed to an alternative mailing list or posted to an alternative newsgroup.

Some news readers and electronic mail programs provide commands to "undigestify" a digest, i.e. to split it up into individual articles which may then be read and saved or discarded separately.

Legal Dictionary
 Definition: An index or compilation of abstracts of reported cases into one, set forth under proper law topic headings or titles and usually in alphabetical arrangement.
 Definition: To cut DNA molecules with one or more restriction endonucleases.
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