from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A conversation between two or more people.
- n. Conversation between characters in a drama or narrative.
- n. The lines or passages in a script that are intended to be spoken.
- n. A literary work written in the form of a conversation: the dialogues of Plato.
- n. Music A composition or passage for two or more parts, suggestive of conversational interplay.
- n. An exchange of ideas or opinions: achieving constructive dialogue with all political elements.
- transitive v. To express as or in a dialogue.
- intransitive v. To converse in a dialogue.
- intransitive v. Usage Problem To engage in an informal exchange of views.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A conversation or other form of discourse between two or more individuals.
- n. In a dramatic or literary presentation, the verbal parts of the script or text; the verbalizations of the actors or characters.
- n. A literary form, where the presentation resembles a conversation.
- n. A dialogue box.
- v. To discuss or negotiate so that all parties can reach an understanding.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A conversation between two or more persons; particularly, a formal conservation in theatrical performances or in scholastic exercises.
- n. A written composition in which two or more persons are represented as conversing or reasoning on some topic.
- intransitive v. To take part in a dialogue; to dialogize.
- transitive v. To express as in dialogue.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A conversation between two or more persons; a colloquy; a talk together.
- n. Specifically
- n. A literary work in the form of an imaginary conversation or discussion — Used as the means of conveying views or opinions: as, the Dialogues of Plato.
- n. Used as part of a play to be acted, or to be spoken as a school exercise.
- To discourse together; converse; talk; confer.
- To express as in dialogue; put in the form of a dialogue.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a conversation between two persons
- n. a discussion intended to produce an agreement
- n. a literary composition in the form of a conversation between two people
- n. the lines spoken by characters in drama or fiction
Middle English dialog, from Old French dialogue, from Latin dialogus, from Greek dialogos, conversation, from dialegesthai, to discuss; see dialect.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek διάλογος (dialogos, "conversation, discourse"), from διά (dia, "through, inter") + λόγος (logos, "speech, oration, discourse"), from διαλέγομαι (dialegomai, "to converse"), from διά + λέγειν (legein, "to speak"). (Wiktionary)