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. (Blair) We have cause to be glad that matters are so well digested. (Shak)
2. (Science: physiology) 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 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. (Science: chemistry) to soften by heat and moisture; to expose to a gentle heat in a boiler or matrass, as a preparation for chemical operations.
7. (Science: medicine) 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.
Origin: L. Digestus, p. P. Of digerere to separate, arrange, dissolve, digest; di- = dis- – gerere to bear, carry, wear. See Jest.
1. To undergo digestion; as, food digests well or ill.
2. (Science: medicine) to suppurate; to generate pus, as an ulcer.