|1.||to subject (food) to a process of digestion|
|2.||(tr) to assimilate mentally|
|3.||chem to soften or disintegrate or be softened or disintegrated by the action of heat, moisture, or chemicals; decompose|
|4.||(tr) to arrange in a methodical or systematic order; classify|
|5.||(tr) to reduce to a summary|
|6.||archaic (tr) to tolerate|
|7.||a comprehensive and systematic compilation of information or material, often condensed|
|8.||a magazine, periodical, etc, that summarizes news of current events|
|9.||a compilation of rules of law based on decided cases|
|[C14: from Late Latin dīgesta writings grouped under various heads, from Latin dīgerere to divide, from di- apart + gerere to bear]|
digest di·gest (dī-jěst', dĭ-)
v. di·gest·ed, di·gest·ing, di·gests
To convert food into simpler chemical compounds that can be absorbed and assimilated by the body, as by chemical and muscular action in the alimentary canal.
To soften or disintegrate by means of chemical action, heat, or moisture.
collection of passages from the writings of Roman jurists, arranged in 50 books and subdivided into titles according to the subject matter. In AD 530 the Roman emperor Justinian entrusted its compilation to the jurist Tribonian with instructions to appoint a commission to help him. The Pandects were published in AD 533 and given statutory force (see also Justinian, Code of), which they retained into the Middle Ages in the Byzantine Empire. Early in the 19th century the term Pandectists was applied to the historical school of Roman-law scholars in Germany who resumed the scientific study of the Pandects. The leader of the school was Friedrich Karl von Savigny.
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