Con·sist v. i. [imp. & p. p. Consisted; p. pr. & vb. n. Consisting.]
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 maintained.
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. Burnet.
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 abundance of the things which he possesseth. --Luke xii. 15.
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.]
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.”