digestdɪˈdʒɛst, daɪ-; ˈdaɪ dʒɛst
- past participle
- present participle
a periodical that summarizes the news
compilation, digest (verb)
something that is compiled (as into a single book or file)
convert food into absorbable substances
"I cannot digest milk products"
arrange and integrate in the mind
"I cannot digest all this information"
digest, endure, stick out, stomach, bear, stand, tolerate, support, brook, abide, suffer, put up (verb)
put up with something or somebody unpleasant
"I cannot bear his constant criticism"; "The new secretary had to endure a lot of unprofessional remarks"; "he learned to tolerate the heat"; "She stuck out two years in a miserable marriage"
become assimilated into the body
"Protein digests in a few hours"
systematize, as by classifying and summarizing
"the government digested the entire law into a code"
soften or disintegrate, as by undergoing exposure to heat or moisture
digest, condense, concentrate (verb)
make more concise
"condense the contents of a book into a summary"
soften or disintegrate by means of chemical action, heat, or moisture
The Digest, also known as the Pandects, is a name given to a compendium or digest of Roman law compiled by order of the emperor Justinian I in the 6th century. The Digest was one part of the Corpus Juris Civilis, the body of civil law issued under Justinian I. The other two parts were Institutes of Justinian, and the Codex Justinianus. A fourth part, the Novels, was added later. The original Codex Justinianus was promulgated in April of 529 by the C. "Summa," which made it the only source of imperial law, repealing all earlier codifications. However, it permitted reference to ancient jurists whose writings had been regarded as authoritative. Under Theodosus II's Law of Citations, the writings of Papinian, Paulus, Ulpian, Modestinus, and Gaius were made the primary juristic authorities who could be cited in court. Others cited by them also could be referred to, but their views had to be "informed by a comparison of manuscripts." Unfortunately, these authorities often conflicted. Therefore, Justinian ordered these conflicts to be settled and fifty of these were published as the "quinquaqinta decisiones". Soon after, he further decreed that the works of these ancient writers, which totaled over 1,500 books, be condensed into fifty books. These were to be entitled, in Latin, "Digesta" or, in Greek, "Pandectae". In response to this order of December 15, 530, Tribonian created a commission of sixteen members to do the work--one government official, four professors, and eleven advocates.