Definitions

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

  • noun The act of digressing.
  • noun An instance of digressing, especially a written or spoken passage that has no bearing on the main subject.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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.
  • noun Deviation from the path of virtue; transgression.
  • noun In astronomy, the angular distance in the ecliptic of the inferior planets Mercury and Venus from the sun.

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

  • noun 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.
  • noun rare A turning aside from the right path; transgression; offense.
  • noun (Anat.), rare The elongation, or angular distance from the sun; -- said chiefly of the inferior planets.

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

  • noun A departure from the subject, course, or idea at hand; an exploration of a different or unrelated concern.

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

  • noun a turning aside (of your course or attention or concern)
  • noun a message that departs from the main subject
  • noun wandering from the main path of a journey

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Examples

  • Many novels contain what I call the digression-into-theme.

    The authority to comment

  • Finally, in what can only be described as a digression from a digression, I feel compelled to mention that there is a multi-purpose, high quality item, within reach theoretically, that I cannot bring myself to buy, though I am convinced of its usefulness and value.

    Toast:

  • Finally, in what can only be described as a digression from a digression, I feel compelled to mention that there is a multi-purpose, high quality item, within reach theoretically, that I cannot bring myself to buy, though I am convinced of its usefulness and value.

    Asparagus with Morels and an XL Digression, blah-di-blah blah.

  • But all this is what they call a digression; it has nothing to do with the dragon's teeth I am now narrating.

    The Wouldbegoods

  • (Notice how I used "arguably" to avoid digression from the immediate topic - not to avoid actually making a point.) "Now that I've partly diminished my own enjoyment of this by having to explain the humour ..."

    The Matrix as a Charlie Chaplin short - Boing Boing

  • Particularly by that wee digression from the source text (the whole mother not dying thing).

    I Am Beowulf! You're Going Daaaaahn!

  • The reason for this historic digression is that Jordan has made an interesting discovery.

    Perfect timing

  • Warning: all this post is a digression from the topic!

    Page 2

  • Warning: all this post is a digression from the topic!

    Page 2

  • And feel free to move this post to the "Open Thread", as it is quite a digression from the original topic.

    A mammalian fossil takes wing

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