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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Digest \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
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.
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
5. Hence: To bear comfortably or patiently; to be reconciled
to; to brook.
I never can digest the loss of most of Origin's
6. (Chem.) To soften by heat and moisture; to expose to a
gentle heat in a boiler or matrass, as a preparation for
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.
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