American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The act or process of consuming.
- n. The state of being consumed.
- n. An amount consumed.
- n. Economics The using up of goods and services by consumer purchasing or in the production of other goods.
- n. Pathology A progressive wasting of body tissue.
- n. Pathology Pulmonary tuberculosis. No longer in scientific use.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of consuming; destruction as by decomposition, burning, eating, etc.; hence, destruction of substance; annihilation.
- n. Specifically Dissipation or destruction by use; in polit. ccon., the use or expenditure of the products of industry, or of anything having an exchangeable value.
- n. The state of being wasted or diminished.
- n. In medicine: A wasting away of the flesh; a gradual attenuation of the body; progressive emaciation: a word of comprehensive signification
- n. More specifically, a disease of the lungs accompanied by fever and emaciation, often but not invariably fatal: called technically phthisis, or phthisis pulmonaris. See phthisis and tuberculosis.
- n. In Roman law, loss of a right of action after commencement of the suit.
- n. The act of consuming something.
- n. The amount consumed.
- n. pathology The wasting-away of the human body through disease.
- n. pathology, dated Pulmonary tuberculosis.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The act or process of consuming by use, waste, etc.; decay; destruction.
- n. The state or process of being consumed, wasted, or diminished; waste; diminution; loss; decay.
- n. (Med.) A progressive wasting away of the body; esp., that form of wasting, attendant upon pulmonary phthisis and associated with cough, spitting of blood, hectic fever, etc.; pulmonary phthisis; -- called also
- n. (economics) the utilization of economic goods to satisfy needs or in manufacturing
- n. the act of consuming something
- n. the process of taking food into the body through the mouth (as by eating)
- n. involving the lungs with progressive wasting of the body
- Middle English consumpcioun, from Latin cōnsūmptiō, cōnsūmptiōn-, a consuming, from cōnsūmptus, past participle of cōnsūmere, to consume; see consume. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Double, treble if you will, the present consumption of France, and _you will still find that a very small portion of her soil will suffice for this consumption_.”
“Lima, Peru, on the other hand, has its raw sewage flowing directly into the Pacific Ocean, along with other run-off, and the dead-zone there has become so large as to have cost effects on the local fishing industry (percentage of dietary protein consumption is falling etc.).”
“Fisher vigorously opposed using the term consumption which he equated with destructive acts.”
“Some of the rise in consumption is due to the insurgents 'use of improvised explosive devices, which account for about 30 percent of all American combat deaths since the occupation began.”
“Now, in the first place, our analysis of saving and the confinement of the term consumption to direct embodiments of utility and convenience forbid us to acknowledge that the action of the United States or the analogy of the improving landowner is a case of over-consumption at all.”
“The average mobile phone data consumption is therefore worth approx.”
“Cutting or limiting soda consumption is a good step towards improving health and fitness.”
“No one thing we do is going to fix the problem right now, whether it be some new alternative fuel or a sharp drop in consumption, which is unlikely.”
“Almost certainly Ron Combo because his consumption is a great source of amusement and deep envy.”
“This consumption is also what drives the production of CO2 in India and China, as they produce the goods exported to the US.”
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