Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The spoken exchange of thoughts, opinions, and feelings; talk.
  • n. An instance of this: held a long conversation on the subject.
  • n. An informal discussion of a matter by representatives of governments, institutions, or organizations.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The back-and-forth play of the blades in a bout.
  • n. The protocol-based interaction between systems processing a transaction.
  • v. To engage in conversation (with).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. General course of conduct; behavior.
  • n. Familiar intercourse; intimate fellowship or association; close acquaintance.
  • n. Commerce; intercourse; traffic.
  • n. Colloquial discourse; oral interchange of sentiments and observations; informal dialogue.
  • n. Sexual intercourse.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. General course of actions or habits; manner of life; behavior: deportment, especially with respect to morals. [Obsolescent.]
  • n. Familiar intercourse; intimate acquaintance or association; commerce in social life. [Obsolescent.]
  • n. Familiar acquaintance from using or studying.
  • n. Informal interchange of thoughts and sentiments by spoken words; informal or familiar talk.
  • n. A meeting for conversation, especially on literary subjects; a conversazione.
  • n. Sexual intercourse: as, criminal conversation (which see, under criminal).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the use of speech for informal exchange of views or ideas or information etc.

Etymologies

From Old French conversation, from Latin conversātiōnem, accusative singular of conversātiō ("conversation"), from conversor ("abide, keep company with"). (Wiktionary)

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  • cOnveRsATION. This word could go on either Kangaroo Word list: an oration is a conversation of sorts.

    June 20, 2008