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dis•course



Pronunciation: (
n.dis'kôrs, -kōrs, dis-kôrs', -kōrs';
v.dis-kôrs', -kōrs'),
[key]
n., v., -coursed, -cours•ing.


n.
1. communication of thought by words; talk; conversation: earnest and intelligent discourse.
2. a formal discussion of a subject in speech or writing, as a dissertation, treatise, sermon, etc.
3. Ling.any unit of connected speech or writing longer than a sentence.

v.i.
1. to communicate thoughts orally; talk; converse.
2. to treat of a subject formally in speech or writing.

v.t.
to utter or give forth (musical sounds).

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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