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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 des·ul·to·ry /ˈdɛsəlˌtori, ˌtɔr ||zəl-/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Des·ul·to·ry a.
 1. Leaping or skipping about. [Obs.]
    I shot at it [a bird], but it was so desultory that I missed my aim.   --Gilbert White.
 2. Jumping, or passing, from one thing or subject to another, without order or rational connection; without logical sequence; disconnected; immethodical; aimless; as, desultory minds.
    He [Goldsmith] knew nothing accurately; his reading had been desultory.   --Macaulay.
 3. Out of course; by the way; as a digression; not connected with the subject; as, a desultory remark.
 Syn: -- Rambling; roving; immethodical; discursive; inconstant; unsettled; cursory; slight; hasty; loose.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj : marked by lack of definite plan or regularity or purpose;
            jumping from one thing to another; "desultory
            thoughts"; "the desultory conversation characteristic
            of cocktail parties"