• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Conversable Qualified for conversation; disposed to converse; sociable; free in discourse. "While young, humane, conversable , and kind."
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Riverside conversation Riverside conversation

Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Sound carries so well in the Arctic that on a calm day, a conversation can be heard from 1.8 miles away.
    • conversable Qualified for conversation, or disposed to converse; ready in or inclined to mutual communication of thoughts; sociable; communicative.
    • conversable Capable of being conversed with; open to conversation.
    • conversable Also written conversible.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Until 1965, driving was done on the left-hand side on roads in Sweden. The conversion to right-hand was done on a weekday at 5 p.m.
    • adj Conversable disposed to converse: sociable
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  • Emil Ludwig
    Emil Ludwig
    “Debate is the death of conversation.”
  • Walter Savage Landor
    “What is reading, but silent conversation.”
  • Amos Bronson Alcott
    “Debate is masculine, conversation is feminine.”
  • Edward Dahlberg
    “I would rather take hellebore than spend a conversation with a good, little man.”
  • George Herbert
    “In conversation, humor is worth more than wit and easiness more than knowledge.”
  • Cullen Hightower
    Cullen Hightower
    “Saying what we think gives a wider range of conversation than saying what we know.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. conversable,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. conversāri, to live with—con, inten., and versāre, to turn much—vertĕre, to turn.


In literature:

Your brother may have mentioned some details in conversation, you know.
"The Albert Gate Mystery" by Louis Tracy
I observed that they were looking at me, and that I was the subject of their conversation.
"The Scalp Hunters" by Mayne Reid
By nature slow of speech, I took no pleasure in conversation, nor in hearing the voices of my fellow-creatures.
"Lavengro The Scholar, the Gypsy, the Priest" by George Borrow
Marlow said that there was only one girl-friend with whom he had conversed at all.
"Chance" by Joseph Conrad
Never carry on a private conversation in company.
"Searchlights on Health: Light on Dark Corners" by B.G. Jefferis
The subject of the conversation agitated him.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
Shortly after this little conversation, Nattee returned, walking with all the grace and dignity of a queen.
"Japhet in Search of a Father" by Frederick Marryat
The first time he had openly ventured to oppose her views was in the conversation we have just related.
"Fairy Fingers" by Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
The conversation in the garden had not pleased her.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
It is the third day after, and these love-struck gentlemen are standing upon the poop-deck, conversing about it.
"The Flag of Distress" by Mayne Reid

In poetry:

She paused amidst her converse glad;
The lady saw that I was sad,
She pitied the poor lonely lad,—
Dost love her, Nora?
"My Nora" by William Makepeace Thackeray
I take my knife and scratch the moss
From names and dates, to see
A vanish'd time restore its loss
And hold converse with me.
"In Kirkconnel Old Churchyard" by Alexander Anderson
I ask you riddles, tell you tales,
But all our conversation fails.
You never answer me again
I fear you're dumb, Matilda Jane!
"Bessie's Song To Her Doll" by Lewis Carroll
Unaged the ancient tide shall surge,
The old Spring burn along the bough:
For thee, the new and old converse
In one eternal Now!
"Heritage" by John Gneisenau Neihardt
O could we die with those that die,
And place us in their stead,
Then would our spirits learn to fly,
And converse with the dead:
"Hymn 61" by Isaac Watts
And tho' we meet in converse yet,
And each one's thoughts enjoy,
Our thoughts and words are not so free,
As when, each was a boy.
"Memories Of Schooldays" by Thomas Frederick Young

In news:

The device of a conversation between a schoolgirl and Lincoln's ghost could have been a clumsy gimmick, but Smith (Grandpa Green) executes it with casual grace.
He has the staying power to bring his message to the masses – and transform the Republican conversation.
Coming up, you had a lot to say about a number of the conversations we had on the program this week - one in particular.
I'm thrilled that there is the internet so I can look up some of these terms without having to sound like a complete idiot to our farming neighbors when we have a conversation.
Tavis read the quote during the conversation, and a couple of viewers asked that we share the quote with them again online (h/t Tondra and Melany A.).
Thank you for joining our conversation on WatchDog.
A daily conversation about news, culture and ideas.
'Conversations with Capote ' in e-book with original caricature.
The Captioned Telephone looks and works just like a traditional phone, with one difference: the CapTel phone has a bright, built-in display screen which displays captions of everything the other party says during a conversation.
Last time we captioned the twin babies' conversation video, it got taken off of YouTube.
"The Conversion of the Magdalen," a circa 1598 oil and tempera on canvas by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571-1610).
We present conversation including interviews with volunteers, participants, members of the IRONMAN organization, Business committees and more.
After the season, Cavaliers coach Byron Scott and forward Samardo Samuels had a conversation.
Some Alltel customers from the Tri-Valley area activated their conversions to AT&T in Bishop, only to discover, while on the road, that their cell service was dead.
I used my Reverse Time Machine to have another conversation with Oog, the caveman , and I thought you'd like to hear what he has to say about things which affect all of us.

In science:

Conversely also purely geometric correlators pick up the non-scaling behavior coming from the matter–matter interactions.
Matter Correlations in Branched Polymers
Note that a “donut” ob ject indicates a data format conversion is needed at that point.
A GRB Tool Shed
Some of these data format conversions may require additional information, which would require the use of web pages to interact with the user.
A GRB Tool Shed
Conversely, if {ρk } are invariant under {T t}, then there exists a corresponding random point field which is translation invariant ([L3]).
Determinantal random point fields
If A is ordinary, then the converse is also true.
On the existence of absolutely simple abelian varieties of a given dimension over an arbitrary field