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

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Blumenthal will meet with leadership from Connecticut’s first and only anaerobic digester facility to discuss the company’s work in promoting clean energy. Don Stacom, courant.com, "Southington plant turns food waste to energy, owners say there’s lot of expansion room," 17 June 2019 Savery exploited the inventions of Papin, particularly Papin’s steam digester (1679) and pressure cooker, in developing Newcomen’s engine. Charles A. Berg, The New York Review of Books, "Watt Nonsense," 6 June 2019 Photo: Jesse Newman/The Wall Street Journal Several peers operate digesters that reduce pathogens in manure and produce methane that can be burned to produce electricity. Jesse Newman And Patrick Mcgroarty, WSJ, "Farms, More Productive Than Ever, Are Poisoning Drinking Water in Rural America," 18 Jan. 2019 Temple University is really serious about its waste, and its installed three digesters to help break down its trash. Tauhid Chappell, Philly.com, "Supreme Courts decision could affect Pennsylvania politics, two casinos open in Atlantic city | Morning Newsletter," 28 June 2018 At the end of this school year, Temple began leasing three digesters: one large and two small models. Annabelle Williams, Philly.com, "Temple's food waste digesters disrupting the industry or just 'shifting the burden'?," 27 June 2018 The anaerobic digester annually converts 500 tons of animal manure and other organic waste into methane-rich gas to help power the zoo's animal hospital, leaving a nutrient-rich fertilizer as a byproduct. Elissa Robinson, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Zoo is giving away free buckets of poop," 3 Apr. 2018 Each year, a total of 16 million gallons of food waste is mixed together before it is poured into two 1.3 million gallon digester tanks. Don Behm, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Potawatomi's $20 million waste-to-energy plant violated wastewater permit with excessive discharges," 12 Apr. 2018 The digester converts 500 tons of animal manure and other organic waste each year into methane-rich gas to help power the zoo's animal hospital. NBC News, "Zoo offering visitors buckets of 'Detroit Zoo Poo'," 5 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of digester

1614, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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