Digest

Definition of Digest

Di`gest´
v. t.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.
[imp. & p. p. Digested; p. pr. & vb. n. Digesting.]
Joining them together and digesting them into order.
- Blair.
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 comprehend.
Feelingly digest the words you speak in prayer.
- Sir H. Sidney.
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.
Well-digested fruits.
- Jer. Taylor.
9.To quiet or abate, as anger or grief.
v. i.1.To undergo digestion; as, food digests well or ill.
2.(Med.) To suppurate; to generate pus, as an ulcer.
n.1.(Law) That which is digested; especially, that which is worked over, classified, and arranged under proper heads or titles
A complete digest of Hindu and Mahommedan laws after the model of Justinian's celebrated Pandects.
- Sir W. Jones.
They made a sort of institute and digest of anarchy, called the Rights of Man.
- Burke.

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