AskDefine | Define consist

Dictionary Definition



1 originate (in); "The problems dwell in the social injustices in this country" [syn: dwell, lie, belong, lie in]
2 have its essential character; be comprised or contained in; be embodied in; "The payment consists in food"; "What does love consist in?"
3 be consistent in form, tenor, or character; be congruous; "Desires are to be satisfied only so far as consists with an approved end"
4 be composed of; "The land he conquered comprised several provinces"; "What does this dish consist of?" [syn: comprise]

User Contributed Dictionary


Etymology 1

From consisto.


  • , /kənˈsɪst/, /k@n"sIst/


  1. In the context of "intransitive|construed with of": To be composed, formed, or made up (of).
    The greeting package consists of some brochures, a pen, and a notepad.
to be composed (of)

Etymology 2

From consist#Etymology 1 (verb).


  • a UK /ˈkɒn.sɪst/ /"kQn.sIst/


  1. A lineup or sequence of railroad carriages or cars, with or without a locomotive, that form a unit.
    The train's consist included a baggage car, four passenger cars, and a diner.
sequence of railroad carriages or cars that form a unit
  • Dutch: samenstelling
  • Spanish: formación


Extensive Definition

a consist in railway terminology is used as a noun to describe the group of rail vehicles which make up a train.

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