I. intransitive verb Etymology: Middle French & Latin; Middle French consister, from Latin consistere, literally, to stop, stand still, from com- + sistere to take a stand; akin to Latin stare to stand — more at stand Date: 1526 1. lie, reside — usually used with in <
liberty consists in the absence of obstructions — A. E. Housman
2. archaic a. exist, be b. to be capable of existing 3. to be composed or made up — usually used with of <
breakfast consisted of cereal, milk, and fruit
4. to be consistent <
it consists with the facts
II. noun Date: 1898 makeup or composition (as of coal sizes or a railroad train) by classes, types, or grades and arrangement

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