Discourse

Definition of Discourse

Dis`course´
n.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.
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.
Good Captain Bessus, tell us the discourse
Betwixt Tigranes and our king, and how
We got the victory.
- Beau. & Fl.
v. i.1.To exercise reason; to employ the mind in judging and inferring; to reason.
[imp. & p. p. Discoursed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Discoursing.]
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.
v. t.1.To treat of; to expose or set forth in language.
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.
I have spoken to my brother, who is the patron, to discourse the minister about it.
- Evelyn.

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