[verb kuh n-sist; noun kon-sist]
- to be made up or composed (usually followed by of): This cake consists mainly of sugar, flour, and butter.
- to be comprised or contained (usually followed by in): Her charm does not consist only in her beauty.
- Archaic. to exist together or be capable of existing together.
- Obsolete. to insist; urge.
- the rolling stock, exclusive of the locomotive, making up a train.
- a record made of this rolling stock.
Origin of consist
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Examples from the Web for consist
Though the rings look solid, they consist of a huge number of icy particles that reflect sunlight back.Chariklo, a Minor Planet Nicknamed a “Centaur,” Discovered to Have Rings
Matthew R. Francis
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“Yes, there are dissidents and maybe they consist of one percent or two percent of the population,” he told PBS in 1999.How to Justify Russian Aggression
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Arnold said her ten plaintiffs are just the ones they named, and she “expects the class to consist of over 100,000 people.”Better Call Rosemarie! Meet the Lawyer Suing Christie Over Bridgegate
January 16, 2014
But households are not only made up of children; they consist of—in fact they are run by—adults.Britain’s Idiotic “Opt-In” Porn Ban
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The challenge will consist of three seven-man teams from the UK, Commonwealth and USA – each with four wounded team members.Prince Harry Proves He Is The Coolest Royal As he Prepares To Walk To the South Pole
November 13, 2013
They consist of three groups, and there are, in all, about eighty pyramids.
Of what two parts does the Bible consist, and how far do they reach?An Explanation of Luther's Small Catechism
It was said to consist of twenty-four sail of the line, six frigates, and three sloops.The Life of Horatio Lord Nelson
It does not consist of ingenuity limited, but merely of inanity expanded.Alarms and Discursions
G. K. Chesterton
For in intellectual perfection the highest good should consist.A Theological-Political Treatise [Part I]
Benedict of Spinoza
- (foll by of) to be composed (of); be formed (of)syrup consists of sugar and water
- (foll by in or of) to have its existence (in); lie (in); be expressed (by)his religion consists only in going to church
- to be compatible or consistent; accord
C16: from Latin consistere to halt, stand firm, from sistere to stand, cause to stand; related to stāre to stand
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Word Origin and History for consist
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