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Noun: discourse  'dis,kors
  1. Extended verbal expression in speech or writing
     
  2. (church service) an address of a religious nature (usually delivered during a church service)
    - sermon, preaching
     
  3. An extended communication (often interactive) dealing with some particular topic
    "the book contains an excellent discourse of modal logic";
    - discussion, treatment
Verb: discourse  'dis,kors
  1. To consider or examine in speech or writing
    "The author discourses the different aspects of this question";
    - talk about, discuss
     
  2. Carry on a conversation
    - converse
     
  3. Talk at length and formally about a topic
    - hold forth, dissertate

Derived forms: discoursing, discoursed, discourses

Type of: address, communicating, communication, cover, deal, handle, language unit, linguistic unit, plough [Brit, Cdn], plow [N. Amer], speak, speech, talk, treat

Encyclopedia: Discourse, Figure