Digesting
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. [1913 Webster]

Joining them together and digesting them into order. --Blair. [1913 Webster]

We have cause to be glad that matters are so well digested. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

Feelingly digest the words you speak in prayer. --Sir H. Sidney. [1913 Webster]

How shall this bosom multiplied digest The senate's courtesy? --Shak. [1913 Webster]

4. To appropriate for strengthening and comfort. [1913 Webster]

Grant that we may in such wise hear them [the Scriptures], read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them. --Book of Common Prayer. [1913 Webster]

5. Hence: To bear comfortably or patiently; to be reconciled to; to brook. [1913 Webster]

I never can digest the loss of most of Origin's works. --Coleridge. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

7. (Med.) To dispose to suppurate, or generate healthy pus, as an ulcer or wound. [1913 Webster]

8. To ripen; to mature. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Well-digested fruits. --Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster]

9. To quiet or abate, as anger or grief. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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