Associations to the word «Discourse»

Wiktionary

DISCOURSE, noun. (uncountable) (archaic) Verbal exchange, conversation.
DISCOURSE, noun. (uncountable) Expression in words, either speech or writing.
DISCOURSE, noun. (countable) A formal lengthy exposition of some subject, either spoken or written.
DISCOURSE, noun. (countable) Any rational expression, reason.
DISCOURSE, noun. (social sciences) (countable) An institutionalized way of thinking, a social boundary defining what can be said about a specific topic (after Michel Foucault).
DISCOURSE, noun. (obsolete) Dealing; transaction.
DISCOURSE, verb. (intransitive) To engage in discussion or conversation; to converse.
DISCOURSE, verb. (intransitive) To write or speak formally and at length.
DISCOURSE, verb. (obsolete) (transitive) To debate.
DISCOURSE, verb. To exercise reason; to employ the mind in judging and inferring; to reason.
DISCOURSE ANALYSIS, noun. (linguistics) A general term for a number of approaches to analyzing written, spoken or signed language use.
DISCOURSE MARKER, noun. (linguistics) a word or phrase that marks a boundary in a discourse, typically as part of a dialogue. Discourse markers often signal topic changes, reformulations, discourse planning, stressing, hedging, or backchanneling.
DISCOURSE MARKERS, noun. Plural of discourse marker

Dictionary definition

DISCOURSE, noun. Extended verbal expression in speech or writing.
DISCOURSE, noun. An address of a religious nature (usually delivered during a church service).
DISCOURSE, noun. An extended communication (often interactive) dealing with some particular topic; "the book contains an excellent discussion of modal logic"; "his treatment of the race question is badly biased".
DISCOURSE, verb. To consider or examine in speech or writing; "The author talks about the different aspects of this question"; "The class discussed Dante's `Inferno'".
DISCOURSE, verb. Carry on a conversation.
DISCOURSE, verb. Talk at length and formally about a topic; "The speaker dissertated about the social politics in 18th century England".

Wise words

We cannot always control our thoughts, but we can control our words, and repetition impresses the subconscious, and we are then master of the situation.
Florence Scovel Shinn