di·​gest·​er dī-ˈje-stər How to pronounce digester (audio)
: one that digests or makes a digest
: a vessel for digesting especially plant or animal materials

Examples of digester in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The methane digester at Savage View Farm isn’t cost-effective for dairy herds with fewer than about 200 cows, for example. Lydia Depillis, New York Times, 30 May 2024 What’s left can be composted at home, or sent to a commercial composter or anaerobic digester, where it can be processed into useful soil additives and other products. Staff Report, Hartford Courant, 19 Apr. 2024 Some of that money — in combination with another Agriculture Department pot for renewable energy — will be used to buy a $2.9 million methane digester at Savage View Farm, a 700-heifer dairy in Grand Isle, Vt. Lydia Depillis, New York Times, 30 May 2024 Emissions of the greenhouse gas, methane from manure generated by dairy operations is increasingly being converted to clean energy using anaerobic digesters. Steven Savage, Forbes, 28 Mar. 2024 See all Example Sentences for digester 

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Word History

First Known Use

1614, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of digester was in 1614

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“Digester.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/digester. Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition


di·​gest·​er -ˈjes-tər How to pronounce digester (audio)
: one that digests
: a medicine or an article of food that aids digestion
also digestor : a vessel or apparatus for digesting
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