dis·course /ˈdɪsˌkors, ˌkɔrs, dɪsˈ/
1. The power of the mind to reason or infer by running, as it were, from one fact or reason to another, and deriving a conclusion; an exercise or act of this power; reasoning; range of reasoning faculty. [Obs.]
Difficult, strange, and harsh to the discourses of natural reason. --South.
Sure he that made us with such large discourse,
Looking before and after, gave us not
That capability and godlike reason
To fust in us unused. --Shak.
2. Conversation; talk.
In their discourses after supper. --Shak.
Filling the head with variety of thoughts, and the mouth with copious discourse. --Locke.
3. The art and manner of speaking and conversing.
Of excellent breeding, admirable discourse. --Shak.
4. Consecutive speech, either written or unwritten, on a given line of thought; speech; treatise; dissertation; sermon, etc.; as, the preacher gave us a long discourse on duty.
5. Dealing; transaction. [Obs.]
Good Captain Bessus, tell us the discourse
Betwixt Tigranes and our king, and how
We got the victory. --Beau. & Fl.
Dis·course v. i. [imp. & p. p. Discoursed p. pr. & vb. n. Discoursing.]
1. To exercise reason; to employ the mind in judging and inferring; to reason. [Obs.] “Have sense or can discourse.”
2. To express one's self in oral discourse; to expose one's views; to talk in a continuous or formal manner; to hold forth; to speak; to converse.
Bid me discourse, I will enchant thine ear. --Shak.
3. To relate something; to tell.
4. To treat of something in writing and formally.
Dis·course, v. t.
1. To treat of; to expose or set forth in language. [Obs.]
The life of William Tyndale . . . is sufficiently and at large discoursed in the book. --Foxe.
2. To utter or give forth; to speak.
It will discourse most eloquent music. --Shak.
3. To talk to; to confer with. [Obs.]
I have spoken to my brother, who is the patron, to discourse the minister about it. --Evelyn.
n 1: extended verbal expression in speech or writing
2: an address of a religious nature (usually delivered during a
church service) [syn: sermon, preaching]
3: an extended communication (often interactive) dealing with
some particular topic; "the book contains an excellent
discussion of modal logic"; "his treatment of the race
question is badly biased" [syn: discussion, treatment]
v 1: to consider or examine in speech or writing; "The article
covered all the different aspects of this question";
"The class discussed Dante's `Inferno'" [syn: talk
2: carry on a conversation [syn: converse]
3: talk or hold forth formally about a topic; "The speaker
dissertated about the social politics in 18th century
England" [syn: dissertate]