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defecate Tweet Definition of defecate Like Definition of defecate on Facebook
verb (defecat, ing)
  1. To empty one's bowels of feces.
deglutition Tweet Definition of deglutition Like Definition of deglutition on Facebook
noun (wikipedia, swallowing)
  1. (physiology) The act or process of swallowing.
depot Tweet Definition of depot Like Definition of depot on Facebook
  1. a warehouse or similar storage facility
  2. a bus or railway station
  3. a place where military recruits are assembled before being sent to active units
diastasis Tweet Definition of diastasis Like Definition of diastasis on Facebook
  1. (medicine) a separation between two parts of a bone, without fracture
diastole Tweet Definition of diastole Like Definition of diastole on Facebook
  1. (physiology) The relaxation and dilation of the heart chambers, between contractions, during which they fill with blood.
diastolic Tweet Definition of diastolic Like Definition of diastolic on Facebook
  1. Pertaining to a diastole.
digest Tweet Definition of digest Like Definition of digest on Facebook
  1. That which is digested; especially, that which is worked over, classified, and arranged under proper heads or titles
  2. A compilation of statutes or decisions analytically arranged; a summary of laws.
Comyn's Digest
the United States Digest
  1. Any collection of articles, as an Internet mailing list "digest" including a week's postings, or a magazine arranging a collection of writings.
Reader's Digest is published monthly.
verb (rfc-level, Verb at L4+ not in L3 POS section)
  1. (transitive) To distribute or arrange methodically; to work over and classify; to reduce to portions for ready use or application.
to laws
  1. (transitive) 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.
  2. (transitive) 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.
  3. (context, transitive, chemistry) To soften by heat and moisture; to expose to a gentle heat in a boiler or matrass, as a preparation for chemical operations.
  4. (intransitive) To undergo digestion; as, food digests well or ill.
digestible Tweet Definition of digestible Like Definition of digestible on Facebook
  1. Capable of being digested.
digestion Tweet Definition of digestion Like Definition of digestion on Facebook
noun (uncountable)
  1. The process, in the gastrointestinal tract, by which food is converted into substances that can be utilized by the body.
  2. The result of this process.
  3. The ability to use this process.
  4. The processing of decay in organic matter assisted by microorganisms.
  5. The assimilation and understanding of ideas.
digestive Tweet Definition of digestive Like Definition of digestive on Facebook
  1. a substance that aids digestion
  1. of, relating to, or functioning in digestion
  2. having the power to cause or promote digestion
digestive system Tweet Definition of digestive system Like Definition of digestive system on Facebook
noun (wikipedia, Digestive system)
  1. A system of organs for the purpose of digesting food.
::All the food that you eat goes through your and is digested.      
disgorge Tweet Definition of disgorge Like Definition of disgorge on Facebook
verb to disgorge (disgorges, disgorged, disgorging)
  1. to vomit or spew, to discharge
  2. to surrender (stolen goods or money, for example) unwillingly
  3. to remove traces of yeast from sparkling wine by the w:méthode champenoise, méthode champenoise
diuresis Tweet Definition of diuresis Like Definition of diuresis on Facebook
  1. excessive urination
drink Tweet Definition of drink Like Definition of drink on Facebook
  1. A served beverage.
I"d like another please.
  1. A served alcoholic beverage.
Can I buy you a ?
  1. The action of drinking, especially with the verbs take or have.
He was about to take a from his root beer.
  1. A type of beverage (usually mixed)
My favourite is the White Russian.
  1. Alcohol beverages in general.
It"s enough to drive you to .
She has a problem with the .
  1. (the drink; colloquial) Any body of water.
If he doesn't pay off the mafia, he"ll wear cement shoes to the bottom of the !
verb (drinks, drinking, drank, drunk)
  1. (transitive) To consume liquid through the mouth.
You can lead a horse to water but you can't make him .
  1. (intransitive) To consume alcoholic beverages.
You've been drinking, haven't you?
No thanks, I don't .

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