Definitions

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

  • noun A lengthy, appended exposition of a topic or point.
  • noun A digression.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A digression; an excursion.
  • noun A dissertation inserted in a work, as an edition of a classic, to elucidate some obscure or important point of the text.

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

  • noun A dissertation or digression appended to a work, and containing a more extended exposition of some important point or topic.

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

  • noun A fuller treatment (in a separate section) of a particular part of the text of a book, especially a classic.
  • noun A narrative digression, especially to discuss a particular issue.

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

  • noun a message that departs from the main subject

Etymologies

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

[Latin, from past participle of excurrere, to run out; see excursion.]

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From Latin excursus ‘excursion’.

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