Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A conversation between two or more people.
  • noun A discussion of positions or beliefs, especially between groups to resolve a disagreement.
  • noun Conversation between characters in a drama or narrative.
  • noun The lines or passages in a script that are intended to be spoken.
  • noun A literary work written in the form of a conversation.
  • noun Music A composition or passage for two or more parts, suggestive of conversational interplay.
  • intransitive verb To express as or in a dialogue.
  • intransitive verb To engage in a dialogue.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To discourse together; converse; talk; confer.
  • To express as in dialogue; put in the form of a dialogue.
  • noun A conversation between two or more persons; a colloquy; a talk together.
  • noun Specifically
  • noun 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.
  • noun Used as part of a play to be acted, or to be spoken as a school exercise.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb rare To express as in dialogue.
  • intransitive verb rare To take part in a dialogue; to dialogize.
  • noun A conversation between two or more persons; particularly, a formal conservation in theatrical performances or in scholastic exercises.
  • noun A written composition in which two or more persons are represented as conversing or reasoning on some topic.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A conversation or other form of discourse between two or more individuals.
  • noun In a dramatic or literary presentation, the verbal parts of the script or text; the verbalizations of the actors or characters.
  • noun A literary form, where the presentation resembles a conversation.
  • noun computing A dialogue box.
  • verb informal, business To discuss or negotiate so that all parties can reach an understanding.

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

  • noun a conversation between two persons
  • noun a discussion intended to produce an agreement
  • noun a literary composition in the form of a conversation between two people
  • noun the lines spoken by characters in drama or fiction

Etymologies

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

[Middle English dialog, from Old French dialogue, from Latin dialogus, from Greek dialogos, conversation, from dialegesthai, to discuss; see dialect.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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").

Examples

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  • For some reason my spell checker wants me to spell this dialog.

    November 15, 2008

  • Resist evil.

    November 15, 2008

  • It's my aspiration to die in the forest, and undergo sphagnopreservation, like that Tollund Man guy; in other words, I want to dialog.

    *fade to the sound of thigh-slapping mirth, as the foxy one cracks hisself up*

    chortle, chortle, chortle

    November 15, 2008