di·​gest·​er | \ dī-ˈje-stər How to pronounce digester (audio) , də- \

Definition of digester

1 : one that digests or makes a digest
2 : a vessel for digesting especially plant or animal materials

Examples of digester in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In addition, there’s also an $8 million digester project currently taking place at the wastewater treatment plant. John Benson, cleveland, "Lakewood’s Waste Water Treatment Plant projects moving ahead on schedule," 17 Sep. 2020 Zhang’s team hopes to create a model that government agencies like the USDA could use to determine which contaminants should be removed before the waste goes into a digester or is sprayed onto a field. Laura Johnston, cleveland, "Case Western Reserve researcher aims to stop fertilizer runoff into Lake Erie," 28 May 2020 The liquid part of their manure is directed into a nearby anaerobic digester, which captures methane that would otherwise be emitted into the atmosphere. Los Angeles Times, "Cow poop could fuel California’s clean energy future. But not everyone’s on board," 9 Apr. 2020 Some of the unsold beer is being used as feed for anaerobic digesters to create organic fertilizer for farming, the group said. Bloomberg.com, "U.S. Cases Increase 2%; New York Beaches to Reopen: Virus Update," 3 June 2019 The explosion left significant damage in the area of the mill's digester, which is used to process raw materials. Patrick Whittle, USA TODAY, "A 'miracle' no one was hurt: Maine paper mill explodes, sends up huge plume of black smoke," 16 Apr. 2020 Some farmers have anaerobic digesters, which ferment waste to produce methane gas used for energy. Ula Chrobak, Popular Science, "Why farmers are forced to let food rot during the shutdown while others go hungry," 16 Apr. 2020 The ambition was to promote anaerobic digesters for cow manure among clusters of dairy farms across the United States. John Fialka, Scientific American, "Gas Companies Want to Recycle Your Manure," 6 Mar. 2020 Currently organics are processed at only one location in the city, a Department of Sanitation facility called an anaerobic digester at the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant. Anne Barnard, New York Times, "Mandatory Composting in New York? It Could Happen," 12 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of digester

1614, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Digester.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/digester. Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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di·​gest·​er | \ -ˈjes-tər How to pronounce digester (audio) \

Medical Definition of digester

1 : one that digests
2 : a medicine or an article of food that aids digestion
3 also digestor : a vessel or apparatus for digesting

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