American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The act of digressing.
- n. An instance of digressing, especially a written or spoken passage that has no bearing on the main subject.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of digressing; deviation from a regular or appointed course; especially, a departure from the main subject under consideration; an excursion of speech or writing.
- n. Deviation from the path of virtue; transgression.
- n. In astronomy, the angular distance in the ecliptic of the inferior planets Mercury and Venus from the sun.
- n. A departure from the subject, course, or idea at hand; an exploration of a different or unrelated concern.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The act of digressing or deviating, esp. from the main subject of a discourse; hence, a part of a discourse deviating from its main design or subject.
- n. rare A turning aside from the right path; transgression; offense.
- n. (Anat.), rare The elongation, or angular distance from the sun; -- said chiefly of the inferior planets.
- n. a turning aside (of your course or attention or concern)
- n. a message that departs from the main subject
- n. wandering from the main path of a journey
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“Many novels contain what I call the digression-into-theme.”
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“Particularly by that wee digression from the source text (the whole mother not dying thing).”
“And feel free to move this post to the "Open Thread", as it is quite a digression from the original topic.”
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“Warning: all this post is a digression from the topic!”
“It is a blot upon the reputation of the body of Christ, an erroneous and injurious digression from the serious business of making our lives an example to the world.”
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