from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Verbal expression in speech or writing.
- n. Verbal exchange; conversation.
- n. A formal, lengthy discussion of a subject, either written or spoken.
- n. Archaic The process or power of reasoning.
- intransitive v. To speak or write formally and at length. See Synonyms at speak.
- intransitive v. To engage in conversation or discussion; converse.
- transitive v. Archaic To narrate or discuss.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Verbal exchange, conversation.
- n. Expression in words, either speech or writing.
- n. A formal lengthy exposition of some subject, either spoken or written.
- n. Any rational expression, reason.
- n. An institutionalized way of thinking, a social boundary defining what can be said about a specific topic (after Michel Foucault).
- v. To engage in discussion or conversation; to converse.
- v. To write or speak formally and at length.
- v. (transitive) To debate.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
- n. Conversation; talk.
- n. The art and manner of speaking and conversing.
- n. Consecutive speech, either written or unwritten, on a given line of thought; speech; treatise; dissertation; sermon, etc..
- n. Dealing; transaction.
- intransitive v. To exercise reason; to employ the mind in judging and inferring; to reason.
- intransitive v. 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.
- intransitive v. To relate something; to tell.
- intransitive v. To treat of something in writing and formally.
- transitive v. To treat of; to expose or set forth in language.
- transitive v. To utter or give forth; to speak.
- transitive v. To talk to; to confer with.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A running over a subject in speech; hence, a communication of thoughts by words; expression of ideas; mutual intercourse; talk; conversation.
- n. A running over in the mind of premises and deducing of conclusions; the exercise of, or an act of exercising, the logical or reasoning faculty; hence, the power of reasoning from premises; rationality.
- n. A formal discussion or treatment of a subjeet; a dissertation, treatise, homily, sermon, or the like: as, the discourse of Plutarch on garrulity, of Cicero on old age; an eloquent discourse.
- n. Debate; contention; strife.
- n. Intercourse; dealing; transaction.
- To hold discourse; communicate thoughts or ideas orally, especially in a formal manner; treat in a set manner; hold forth; expatiate; converse: as, to discourse on the properties of the circle; the preacher discoursed on the nature and effect of faith.
- To treat of or discuss a subject in a formal manner in writing.
- To narrate; give a relation; tell.
- To reason; argue from premises to consequences.
- To treat of; talk over; discuss.
- To utter or give forth.
- To talk or confer with.
- n. That sort of mental operation, performed by one person or by several, in which a line of thought is followed out.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. to consider or examine in speech or writing
- n. extended verbal expression in speech or writing
- v. talk at length and formally about a topic
- n. an address of a religious nature (usually delivered during a church service)
- n. an extended communication (often interactive) dealing with some particular topic
- v. carry on a conversation
Middle English discours, process of reasoning, from Medieval Latin discursus, from Latin, a running about, from past participle of discurrere, to run about : dis-, apart; see dis- + currere, to run; see kers- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Either from French discours, or a direct alteration of Late Latin discursus ("the act of running about") , itself from discurrō ("run about"), from dis- ("apart") + currō ("run"). (Wiktionary)