Dis*course" (?), n. [L.
discursus a running to and fro, discourse, fr.
discurrere, discursum, to run to and fro, to discourse;
dis- + currere to run: cf. F. discours. See
Course.] 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. [Obs.]
Difficult, strange, and harsh to the discourses
of natural reason. South.
Sure he that made us with such large
Looking before and after, gave us not
That capability and godlike reason
To fust in us unused.
2. Conversation; talk.
In their discourses after supper.
Filling the head with variety of thoughts, and the
mouth with copious discourse. Locke.
3. The art and manner of speaking and
Of excellent breeding, admirable
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. [Obs.]
Good Captain Bessus, tell us the discourse Beau. & Fl.
Betwixt Tigranes and our king, and how
We got the victory.
Dis*course" (?), v. i. [imp. &
p. p. Discoursed (?); p. pr. & vb.
n. Discoursing.] 1. To exercise
reason; to employ the mind in judging and inferring; to reason.
[Obs.] "Have sense or can discourse." Dryden.
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
3. To relate something; to tell.
4. To treat of something in writing and
Dis*course", 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
It will discourse most eloquent
3. To talk to; to confer with.
I have spoken to my brother, who is the patron, to
discourse the minister about it.