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consumer

1. a person who acquires goods and services for his or her own personal needs
2. Ecology an organism, esp an animal, within a community that feeds upon plants or other animals

consumer

[kən′süm·ər]
(ecology)
A nutritional grouping in the food chain of an ecosystem, composed of heterotrophic organisms, chiefly animals, which ingest other organisms or particulate organic matter.

consumer

The average user in contrast to the professional user. Consumer products vary in quality, ranging from flimsy, inexpensive devices to very well made; however, the term implies non-professional usage. See prosumer and consumer electronics.
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A median school in Dubai consumes 134 kWh/m2/year of energy and 852 litres/m2/year of water.
In standby mode, the self-throttling processor consumes less than 1W, substantially reducing average power consumption.
To lose weight (fat), he must expend fewer calories than he consumes.
Uploading the New York Times to a PDA consumes about 6.3 kWh annually, and charging the device's batteries consumes about 3.1 kWh.
Eric Dumont of Boralex told attendees of the Maine Recycling & Solid Waste Conference, held in early April in Rockport, that its biomass plants that are approved to burn clean demolition wood may consume up to 450,000 tons per year of the product.
Exodus data centers in Silicon Valley alone were expected to consume 25 percent of the area's available power by year end 2000, according to Morgan Stanley Dean Witter.
Many trucks manufactured today have computers that document the amount of fuel an engine consumes while traveling (including idling), average trip distance, average load factor, average driving speed, etc.
Irrigated area in Palestine consumes 151 MCM of water, whereas in Israel it consumes 1,252 MCM.
Yet he or she consumes 20 teaspoons of sugar a day (make that 34 teaspoons for the average teenage boy!).
It is a renewable commodity source (rubber and also wood); it consumes little energy for its production; it is environmentally friendly; and it takes part in the elimination of [CO.sub.2] from the atmosphere, thus reducing the greenhouse effect.
The melting, holding and processing of metal consumes 50-75% of a foundry's total energy consumption.