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  • n. conversation
  • v. Present participle of discourse.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Wandering; incoherent; discursive.


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  • It is to study the succession of events, not as separate units, but as links of one vast chain, on every one of which is inscribed a phrase discoursing of the progress of the human race, and showing the growth of man in the complex, from infancy to adolescence.

    The Elements of Character

  • It is one of those topics which brings to the lips such a plethora of words that it is difficult to confine one's self to any reasonable limit in discoursing upon the past, the present, and the future of the British Empire.

    Imperial Trade and Imperial Defence

  • When aged men are drawn dry, and have spent their stock, in discoursing of the divine Providence, God can raise up others, even young men, and fill them with matter for the edifying of his church; for it is a subject that can never be exhausted, though those that speak upon it may.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume III (Job to Song of Solomon)

  • [32] But for sundry notes on Shakespeare, and other pieces which have fallen in my way, I should have deemed it unnecessary to observe; that discourse here, or elsewhere does not mean what we now call discoursing; but the discursion of the mind, the processes of generalization and subsumption, of deduction and conclusion.

    Biographia Literaria

  • He added that there was little use in railing against globalisation or "discoursing" at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • The policy was aimed at "discoursing" multiple sexual partners among youth, he said.

    IOL: News

  • He laid out a masterpiece of argumentation discoursing on the biological and ethical value of unborn humans and how they must be protected by rule of law, but she humbly disagreed — she knew only freedom of choice.

    BLIND SPOTS • by Fred Meyer

  • Or hung out with college friends long into the night, discoursing of the perils, perambulations and labyrinths of our lives?

    X, Foreword by Ken Bingham

  • SOMEWHERE on the west side of Illinois, the Amish men broke out a deck of Skip-Bo cards and I joined them as the cafe car attendant, using an iPod and a set of portable speakers, broadcast Eckhart Tolle, author of “A New Earth,” discoursing on the virtues of stillness.

    Sunday Reading

  • When not discoursing on his health—he suffered from a host of ailments, from bad migraines following a serious car accident before the war to an array of allergies, an ulcerative stomach, sleeplessness, hives, and other nervous disorders—he elaborated his “dream” type of woman.

    A Covert Affair


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