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Definitions of consumption

  1. involving the lungs with progressive wasting of the body
  2. the act of consuming something
  3. the process of taking food into the body through the mouth ( as by eating)
  4. ( economics) the utilization of economic goods to satisfy needs or in manufacturing; " the consumption of energy has increased steadily"
  5. The act or process of consuming by use, waste, etc.; decay; destruction.
  6. The state or process of being consumed, wasted, or diminished; waste; diminution; loss; decay.
  7. A progressive wasting away of the body; esp., that form of wasting, attendant upon pulmonary phthisis and associated with cough, spitting of blood, hectic fever, etc.; pulmonary phthisis; -- called also pulmonary consumption.
  8. The science of utilization, distribution, and consumption of services and materials.
  9. The act of using up; as, the consumption of sugar; the state or process of being used up; a gradual wasting away; pulmonary tuberculosis.
  10. 1. The using up of a material or force. 2. A wasting of the tissues of the body. 3. Tuberculosis, especially of the lungs or intestine.
  11. Phthisis; a pulmonary disease, characterized by waste of tissue.
  12. The act of using up: a disease in the lungs, which gradually wastes away the frame- PHTHISIS.
  13. Act of consuming; wasting disease in the lungs.
  14. The act or process of consuming.
  15. A wasting disease; phthisis.
  16. The act of consuming or wasting away; the state of being wasted; a wasting of flesh; a gradual decay of the body; a disease of the lungs, attended with hectic fever, cough, & c.; phthisis; the use and expenditure of the industrial productions of a state.
  17. The act of consuming; a wasting away of the body by disease, generally understood of the lungs; the use of the products of industry.
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Quotes of consumption

  1. Energy consumption matters both to our environment and our economy. – John Baldacci
  2. Let's talk of a system that transforms all the social organisms into a work of art, in which the entire process of work is included... something in which the principle of production and consumption takes on a form of quality. It's a Gigantic project. – Joseph Beuys
  3. I don't see a groundswell of people willing to raise gas taxes right now. That leaves fuel economy standards as the only effective tool we have as a nation to make a dent in our dangerous and ever growing consumption of oil. – Sherwood Boehlert
  4. Multinational corporations do control. They control the politicians. They control the media. They control the pattern of consumption entertainment, thinking. They're destroying the planet and laying the foundation for violent outbursts and racial division. – Jerry Brown
  5. With production alone as the goal, industry in North America was dominated by the assembly line, standardization for mass consumption – Arthur Erickson
  6. Finally, we should help developing nations like China and India curb their exponentially increasing consumption of oil and natural gas, which is driving world prices higher. – Bobby Jindal
  7. Since the outbreak of war, there has been in our country a steady increase in the consumption of spirits, wine and beer. It is estimated that in dollar volume, the annual outlay is now practically double what it was before the war. – William Lyon Mackenzie King
  8. Art is the production of objects for consumption to be used and discarded while waiting for a new world in which man will have succeeded in freeing himself of everything, even of his own consciousness. – Eugenio Montale
  9. Present annual world energy consumption is about equal to the annihilation energy of 4 tons of matter. – Barney Oliver
  10. Most of the movies I saw growing up were viewed as totally disposable, fine for quick consumption but they have survived 50 years and are still growing. – Manuel Puig
  11. A lot of history is just dirty politics cleaned up for the consumption of children and other innocents. – Richard Reeves
  12. A conception not reducible to the small change of daily experience is like a currency not exchangeable for articles of consumption it is not a symbol, but a fraud. – George Santayana
  13. Infinite growth of material consumption in a finite world is an impossibility. – E. F. Schumacher
  14. That dichotomy between the public consumption of the work and my intent and practice in making it is an uneasy one for me, on occasion. – Jock Sturges
  15. Mass consumption advertising, and mass art are a corporate Frankenstein; while they reinforce the system, they also undermine it. – Ellen Willis

Usage examples for consumption

  1. He is no more threatened with consumption than I am, and a boy who can live through what happened to him two years ago can live through anything." – Whosoever Shall Offend by F. Marion Crawford
  2. But the consumption of good things affords them pleasure too. – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  3. His health endured perfectly, but she began to waste under her constant exertions, and her husband feared that he saw symptoms of consumption but she was full of delight at some appearances in his wound that made her imagine that it had carried off the disease, and that his danger was over. – A Book of Golden Deeds by Charlotte M. Yonge
  4. He subsided into a family living given to him by Sir Peter, and tried to die of consumption – The Dark Tower by Phyllis Bottome
  5. Although consumption is not inherited and does not belong in the climate it is getting very popular. – The High Calling by Charles M. Sheldon
  6. We found one very piteous case of a poor woman in the last stage of consumption – Missionary Work Among The Ojebway Indians by Edward Francis Wilson
  7. And how I must work, by what handle I shall grasp the world and justify my consumption of its food, that begins to appear. – Early Letters of George Wm. Curtis by G. W. Curtis, ed. George Willis Cooke
  8. Francke used alcohol stoves, with a double consumption of fuel. – My Attainment of the Pole by Frederick A. Cook
  9. Another Frenchman inquired for a girl, on whom he could depend, to wait on his wife, who was in a consumption – Narrative of the Life of Moses Grandy, Late a Slave in the United States of America by Moses Grandy
  10. This illness threatened to turn into consumption a danger happily averted. – The Eulogy of Richard Jefferies by Walter Besant
  11. The energy- consumption rate, estimated. – The Leech by Phillips Barbee
  12. This is due to excessive consumption of tea. – The Reminiscences of an Irish Land Agent by S.M. Hussey
  13. From her wasted appearance one might suppose she was in a consumption but this fatal disease is unknown in Iceland. – A Girl's Ride in Iceland by Ethel Brilliana Alec-Tweedie
  14. He was a physical, nervous wreck, and the doctors said that he couldn't last very long, for consumption had him. – Garrison's Finish A Romance of the Race-Course by W. B. M. Ferguson
  15. 2. Increase of consumption owing to the great growth of the manufacturing population, England during the war having almost a monopoly of the trade of Europe. – A Short History of English Agriculture by W. H. R. Curtler
  16. There is a form of very rapid, or so- called galloping consumption which is seldom observed before the age of seven years; generally two or three years later. – The Mother's Manual of Children's Diseases by Charles West, M.D.
  17. Women went about with oranges and ginger- beer, and there was a terrible consumption of nuts going on. – The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  18. To all appearance he was slowly dying of consumption – Charlie to the Rescue by R.M. Ballantyne
  19. And ill too, dying of consumption – Rosinante to the Road Again by John Dos Passos
  20. He died in consumption and left her with three little children to support. – From Crow-Scaring to Westminster; an Autobiography by George Edwards M.P., O.B.E.