1. 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.
The digressions I can not excuse otherwise, than by the confidence that no man will read them. --Sir W. Temple.
2. A turning aside from the right path; transgression; offense. [R.]
Then my digression is so vile, so base,
That it will live engraven in my face. --Shak.
3. Anat. The elongation, or angular distance from the sun; -- said chiefly of the inferior planets. [R.]
n 1: a message that departs from the main subject [syn: aside,
excursus, divagation, parenthesis]
2: a turning aside (of your course or attention or concern); "a
diversion from the main highway"; "a digression into
irrelevant details"; "a deflection from his goal" [syn: diversion,
deviation, deflection, deflexion, divagation]
3: wandering from the main path of a journey [syn: excursion]