Dis·cuss v. t. [imp. & p. p. Discussed p. pr. & vb. n. Discussing.]
1. To break to pieces; to shatter. [Obs.]
2. To break up; to disperse; to scatter; to dissipate; to drive away; -- said especially of tumors. [archaic]
Note: This usage is preserved only in the word discussive.
Many arts were used to discuss the beginnings of new affection. --Sir H. Wotton.
A pomade . . . of virtue to discuss pimples. --Rambler.
3. To shake; to put away; to finish. [Obs.]
All regard of shame she had discussed. --Spenser.
4. To examine in detail or by disputation; to reason upon by presenting favorable and adverse considerations; to debate; to sift; to investigate; to ventilate. “We sat and . . . discussed the farm . . . and the price of grain.” --Tennyson. “To discuss questions of taste.”
5. To deal with, in eating or drinking. [Colloq.]
We sat quietly down and discussed a cold fowl that we had brought with us. --Sir S. Baker.
6. Law To examine or search thoroughly; to exhaust a remedy against, as against a principal debtor before proceeding against the surety.
Syn: -- To Discuss, Examine, Debate. We speak of examining a subject when we ponder it with care, in order to discover its real state, or the truth respecting it. We speak of discussing a topic when we examine it thoroughly in its distinct parts. The word is very commonly applied to matters of opinion. We may discuss a subject without giving in an adhesion to any conclusion. We speak of debating a point when we examine it in mutual argumentation between opposing parties. In debate we contend for or against some conclusion or view.
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: discourse,
2: speak with others about (something); talk (something) over
in detail; have a discussion; "We discussed our household
budget" [syn: hash out, talk over]