• enPR: kənsĭst', IPA: /kənˈsɪst/

consist (consists, present participle consisting; past and past participle consisted)

  1. (obsolete, copulative) To be.
    • 1603, Michel de Montaigne, chapter 15, in John Florio, transl., The Essayes, […], book II, printed at London: By Val[entine] Simmes for Edward Blount […], OCLC 946730821 ↗:
      Why doe they cover with so many lets, one over another, those parts where chiefly consisteth {{transterm
  2. (obsolete, intransitive) To exist.
    • 1715, Homer; [Alexander] Pope, transl., “Book VI”, in The Iliad of Homer, volume I, London: Printed by W[illiam] Bowyer, for Bernard Lintott between the Temple-Gates, OCLC 670734254 ↗, footnote:
      [Homer] allows their characters such estimable qualities as could consist, and in truth generally do, with tender frailties.
  3. (intransitive, with in) To be comprised or contained.
  4. (intransitive, with of) To be composed, formed, or made up (of).
    The greeting package consists of some brochures, a pen, and a notepad.
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  • (British) IPA: /ˈkɒn.sɪst/

consist (plural consists)

  1. (rail transport) 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.
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