Definitions for: Discourse


[n] extended verbal expression in speech or writing
[n] an extended communication (often interactive) dealing with some particular topic; "the book contains an excellent discussion of modal logic"; "his treatment of the race question is badly biased"
[n] an address of a religious nature (usually delivered during a church service)
[v] talk or hold forth formally about a topic; "The speaker dissertated about the social politics in 18th century England"
[v] carry on a conversation
[v] to consider or examine in speech or writing; "The article covered all the different aspects of this question"; "The class discussed Dante's 'Inferno'"



Webster (1913) Definition: Dis*course", n. [L. discursus a running to and fro,
discourse, fr. discurrere, discursum, to run to and fro, to
discourse; dis- + currere to run: cf. F. discours. See
Course.]
1. The power of the mind to reason or infer by running, as it
were, from one fact or reason to another, and deriving a
conclusion; an exercise or act of this power; reasoning;
range of reasoning faculty. [Obs.]

Difficult, strange, and harsh to the discourses of
natural reason. --South.

Sure he that made us with such large discourse,
Looking before and after, gave us not That
capability and godlike reason To fust in us unused.
--Shak.

2. Conversation; talk.

In their discourses after supper. --Shak.

Filling the head with variety of thoughts, and the
mouth with copious discourse. --Locke.

3. The art and manner of speaking and conversing.

Of excellent breeding, admirable discourse. --Shak.

4. Consecutive speech, either written or unwritten, on a
given line of thought; speech; treatise; dissertation;
sermon, etc.; as, the preacher gave us a long discourse on
duty.

5. Dealing; transaction. [Obs.]

Good Captain Bessus, tell us the discourse Betwixt
Tigranes and our king, and how We got the victory.
--Beau. & Fl.


Dis*course", v. i. [imp. & p. p. Discoursed; p.
pr. & vb. n. Discoursing.]
1. To exercise reason; to employ the mind in judging and
inferring; to reason. [Obs.] ``Have sense or can
discourse.'' --Dryden.

2. To express one's self in oral discourse; to expose one's
views; to talk in a continuous or formal manner; to hold
forth; to speak; to converse.

Bid me discourse, I will enchant thine ear. --Shak.

3. To relate something; to tell. --Shak.

4. To treat of something in writing and formally.


Dis*course", v. t.
1. To treat of; to expose or set forth in language. [Obs.]

The life of William Tyndale . . . is sufficiently
and at large discoursed in the book. --Foxe.

2. To utter or give forth; to speak.

It will discourse most eloquent music. --Shak.

3. To talk to; to confer with. [Obs.]

I have spoken to my brother, who is the patron, to
discourse the minister about it. --Evelyn.

Synonyms: converse, discuss, discussion, dissertate, preaching, sermon, talk about, treatment

See Also: address, address, argue, baccalaureate, chaffer, chat, chatter, chitchat, claver, communicating, communication, confab, confabulate, consideration, contend, context, context of use, cover, deal, debate, descant, detail, dilation, elaboration, enlargement, evangelism, expansion, fence, gossip, handle, homily, interview, jaw, kerugma, kerygma, language unit, linguistic context, linguistic unit, natter, plow, preachment, question, Sermon on the Mount, speak, speech, talk, talk, talk shop, treat, visit

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