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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dwell, consist, lie, lie inverb

    originate (in)

    "The problems dwell in the social injustices in this country"

  2. consistverb

    have its essential character; be comprised or contained in; be embodied in

    "The payment consists in food"; "What does love consist in?"

  3. consistverb

    be consistent in form, tenor, or character; be congruous

    "Desires are to be satisfied only so far as consists with an approved end"

  4. consist, compriseverb

    be composed of

    "The land he conquered comprised several provinces"; "What does this dish consist of?"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To CONSISTverb

    Etymology: consisto, Latin.

    He is before all things, and by him all things consist. Col. i.

    Flame doth not mingle with flame, as air doth with air, or water with water, but only remaineth contiguous; as it cometh to pass betwixt consisting bodies. Francis Bacon, Nat. History.

    It is against the nature of water, being a flexible and ponderous body, to consist and stay itself, and not fall to the lower parts about it. Edward Brerewood, on Languages.

    I pretend not to tie the hands of artists, whose skill consists only in a certain manner which they have affected. Dryden.

    A great beauty of letters does often consist in little passages of private conversation, and references to particular matters. William Walsh.

    The land would consist of plains and valleys, and mountains, according as the pieces of this ruin were placed and disposed. Thomas Burnet, Theory of the Earth.

    Necessity and election cannot consist together in the same act. John Bramhall, against Hobbs.

    His majesty would be willing to consent to any thing that could consist with his conscience and honour. Edward Hyde, b. viii.

    Nothing but what may easily consist with your plenty, your prosperity, is requested of you. Thomas Sprat, Sermons.

    You could not help bestowing more than is consisting with the fortune of a private man, or with the will of any but an Alexander. John Dryden, Fables, Dedication.

    It cannot consist with the Divine Attributes, that the impious man’s joys should, upon the whole, exceed those of the upright. Francis Atterbury.

    Health consists with temperance alone. Alexander Pope, Ess. on Man.

    The only way of securing the constitution will be by lessening the power of domestick adversaries, as much as can consist with lenity. Jonathan Swift, Thoughts on the State of Affairs.


  1. consist

    A train (from Old French trahiner, from Latin trahere, "to pull, to draw") is a series of connected vehicles that run along a railway track and transport people or freight. Trains are typically pulled or pushed by locomotives (often known simply as "engines"), though some are self-propelled, such as multiple units. Passengers and cargo are carried in railroad cars, also known as wagons. Trains are designed to a certain gauge, or distance between rails. Most trains operate on steel tracks with steel wheels, the low friction of which makes them more efficient than other forms of transport. Trains have their roots in wagonways, which used railway tracks and were powered by horses or pulled by cables. Following the invention of the steam locomotive in the United Kingdom in 1804, trains rapidly spread around the world, allowing freight and passengers to move over land faster and cheaper than ever possible before. Rapid transit and trams were first built in the late 1800s to transport large numbers of people in and around cities. Beginning in the 1920s, and accelerating following World War II, diesel and electric locomotives replaced steam as the means of motive power. Following the development of cars, trucks, and extensive networks of highways which offered greater mobility, as well as faster airplanes, trains declined in importance and market share, and many rail lines were abandoned. The spread of buses led to the closure of many rapid transit and tram systems during this time as well. Since the 1970s, governments, environmentalists, and train advocates have promoted increased use of trains due to their greater fuel efficiency and lower greenhouse gas emissions compared to other modes of land transport. High-speed rail, first built in the 1960s, has proven competitive with cars and planes over short to medium distances. Commuter rail has grown in importance since the 1970s as an alternative to congested highways and a means to promote development, as has light rail in the 21st century. Freight trains remain important for the transport of bulk commodities such as coal and grain, as well as being a means of reducing road traffic congestion by freight trucks. While conventional trains operate on relatively flat tracks with two rails, a number of specialized trains exist which are significantly different in their mode of operation. Monorails operate on a single rail, while funiculars and rack railways are uniquely designed to traverse steep slopes. Experimental trains such as high speed maglevs, which use magnetic levitation to float above a guideway, are under development in the 2020s and offer higher speeds than even the fastest conventional trains. Development of trains which use alternative fuels such as natural gas and hydrogen is another 21st century development.


  1. consist

    To consist means to be made up or composed of something. It can also refer to something that exists or is present, or to stand firm or hold true in a particular belief, statement, or ideology.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Consistverb

    to stand firm; to be in a fixed or permanent state, as a body composed of parts in union or connection; to hold together; to be; to exist; to subsist; to be supported and maintained

  2. Consistverb

    to be composed or made up; -- followed by of

  3. Consistverb

    to have as its substance or character, or as its foundation; to be; -- followed by in

  4. Consistverb

    to be consistent or harmonious; to be in accordance; -- formerly used absolutely, now followed by with

  5. Consistverb

    to insist; -- followed by on

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Consist

    kon-sist′, v.i. to exist, subsist: to co-exist: to agree.—ns. Consist′ence, Consist′ency, a degree of density: substance: agreement: the quality of being self-consistent.—adj. Consistent, fixed: not fluid: agreeing together: uniform in thought or action.—adv. Consist′ently.—adjs. Consistō′rial, Consistō′rian.—n. Consist′ory, properly a place of assembly: the particular place where the privy-council of the Roman emperor met, the council itself: an assembly or council: a spiritual or ecclesiastical court in the R.C. Church, consisting of the pope and cardinals, and determining all such matters as the appointment of cardinals, bishops, &c.; in the Lutheran Church, exercising a supervision over religion and education, over the clergy, schoolmasters, and theological candidates; in the Reformed Church, the kirk-session, or the presbytery.—Consist in, to lie in: to depend upon: to be composed of; Consist of, to be made up of. [L. consistĕrecon, together, sistĕre, to stand.]

Editors Contribution

  1. consist

    To have as a form of energy or matter.

    The chocolate does consist of milk.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 8, 2020  

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    Rank popularity for the word 'consist' in Verbs Frequency: #319

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of consist in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of consist in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of consist in a Sentence

  1. John Rogers:

    The devices consist of a multilayer stack of materials.

  2. Antoine de Saint-Exupery:

    Life has taught us that love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.

  3. Atwell:

    The art of conversation consist as much in listening politely, as in talking agreeably.

  4. Aldous Huxley:

    The charm of history and its enigmatic lesson consist in the fact that, from age to age, nothing changes and yet everything is completely different.

  5. Marcus Aurelius Antoninus:

    The happiness and unhappiness of the rational, social animal depends not on what he feels but on what he does just as his virtue and vice consist not in feeling but in doing.

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