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Meaning of discourse

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. 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.
  1. to utter or give forth (musical sounds).
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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