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  1  definition  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Consist  \Con*sist"\,  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Consisted};  p.  pr  & 
  vb  n.  {Consisting}.]  [L.  consistere  to  stand  still  or  firm; 
  con-  +  sistere  to  stand  cause  to  stand  stare  to  stand:  cf 
  F.  consister.  See  {Stand}.] 
  1.  To  stand  firm;  to  be  in  a  fixed  or  permanent  state,  as  a 
  body  composed  of  parts  in  union  or  connection;  to  hold 
  together;  to  be  to  exist;  to  subsist;  to  be  supported  and 
  He  is  before  all  things  and  by  him  all  things 
  consist.  --Col.  i.  17. 
  2.  To  be  composed  or  made  up  --  followed  by  of 
  The  land  would  consist  of  plains  and  valleys.  --T. 
  3.  To  have  as  its  substance  or  character,  or  as  its 
  foundation;  to  be  --  followed  by  in 
  If  their  purgation  did  consist  in  words  --Shak. 
  A  man's  life  consisteth  not  in  the  abudance  of  the 
  things  which  he  possesseth  --Luke  xii. 
  4.  To  be  consistent  or  harmonious;  to  be  in  accordance;  -- 
  formerly  used  absolutely,  now  followed  by  with 
  This  was  a  consisting  story.  --Bp.  Burnet. 
  Health  consists  with  temperance  alone.  --Pope. 
  For  orders  and  degrees  Jar  not  with  liberty,  but 
  well  consist.  --Milton. 
  5.  To  insist;  --  followed  by  on  [Obs.]  --Shak. 
  Syn:  {To  Consist},  {Consist  of},  {Consist  in}. 
  Usage:  The  verb  consist  is  employed  chiefly  for  two  purposes, 
  which  are  marked  and  distinguished  by  the  prepositions 
  used  When  we  wish  to  indicate  the  parts  which  unite 
  to  compose  a  thing  we  use  of  as  when  we  say 
  ``Macaulay's  Miscellanies  consist  chiefly  of  articles 
  which  were  first  published  in  the  Edinburgh  Review.'' 
  When  we  wish  to  indicate  the  true  nature  of  a  thing 
  or  that  on  which  it  depends,  we  use  in  as  ``There 
  are  some  artists  whose  skill  consists  in  a  certain 
  manner  which  they  have  affected.''  ``Our  safety 
  consists  in  a  strict  adherence  to  duty.'' 

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