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discourse

  

      n  
1    verbal communication; talk; conversation  
2    a formal treatment of a subject in speech or writing, such as a sermon or dissertation  
3    a unit of text used by linguists for the analysis of linguistic phenomena that range over more than one sentence  
4    Archaic   the ability to reason or the reasoning process  
      vb  
5    intr; often foll by: on or upon   to speak or write (about) formally and extensively  
6    intr   to hold a discussion  
7    tr  
Archaic   to give forth (music)  
     (C14: from Medieval Latin discursus argument, from Latin: a running to and fro, from discurrere to run different ways, from dis-1 + currere to run)  
  discourser      n  


universe of discourse  
      n     (Logic)   the complete range of objects, events, attributes, relations, ideas, etc., that are expressed, assumed, or implied in a discussion  
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adj.
with a complex structure; difficult to approach; multiple problems generator
n.
act of covering an object, such as a tree, house, or another structure with toilet paper
Syn.: TP'ing

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