• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Desultorious Desultory.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • desultorious Desultory.
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In literature:

But his restless spirit soon drove him back to Grasmere, and to desultory efforts to make a livelihood.
"English Literature, Considered as an Interpreter of English History" by Henry Coppee
And they discussed the point in a desultory fashion.
"Doctor Claudius, A True Story" by F. Marion Crawford
A shell screaming high overhead was his morning salutation, and then came other shells, desultory but noisy.
"The Hosts of the Air" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Father and son chatted in a desultory fashion across the car, and I took the opportunity of studying the old gentleman.
"The Man with the Clubfoot" by Valentine Williams
Peace is declared between the Eastern Empire and Persia, ending desultory conflicts that had continued some years.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 4" by Various
Examples are 'declamatory', 'desultory', 'oratory', 'predatory', 'territory'.
"Society for Pure English Tract 4" by John Sargeaunt
My studying and reading by myself, though it had been quite wide, had also been too desultory.
"Tramping on Life" by Harry Kemp
A weak, irregular, desultory, peevish opposition there will be as much too little as the other may be too big.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. VI. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
He watched the Alamo for nearly an hour, and he saw that the firing was desultory.
"The Texan Scouts" by Joseph A. Altsheler
There was but little fighting, and that little was desultory.
"Notable Events of the Nineteenth Century" by Various

In poetry:

A desultory waif of time
Flying adventure from my mast,
'Twas thus I voyaged every clime
To come back to myself at last!
"Hesperides" by Harry Kemp
Whose owl-eyes in the scraggly wood
Scared mothers to miscarry,
Drove the dogs to cringe and whine
And turned the farmboy's temper wolfish,
The housewife's, desultory.
"The Death Of Myth-Making" by Sylvia Plath

In news:

THE Metropolitan Opera's new season, off to a desultory beginning with "Otello" and "Manon," gave signs of flickering into life on Wednesday evening with the return of " Ariadne auf Naxos" to the repertory.
Sir, if I may say, poetry flows through you like the desultory breeze doth caress the aeolian harp strings in yon window.
Harmony Korine, aging enfant terrible and self-proclaimed "most American" of American indies, finds his level and brings it home to Nashville with the gloriously desultory slap in the face of public taste, Trash Humpers.
4-ranked raging bull, on the sidelines since his desultory Wimbledon loss, is surely on the road to full recovery now.
Dallek said that in contrast to recent presidencies that had "a desultory quality" and "demoralized" the country, President Kennedy's was still remembered by many for its optimism and Kennedy's inspirational speeches.
So far, our nation's budget debate has been a desultory affair focused on whether a small slice of the federal government's outlays should be cut by $33 billion or $61 billion, or whatever.

In science:

No, I’m talking about the mundane mathematics that falls into the cracks between these well-developed areas: basic facts about sets, functions, and relations. I refer to the material that gets relegated to the desultory miscellanies added to texts under the name of “set-theoretic preliminaries”.
Set-Theoretic Preliminaries for Computer Scientists
Drawing inputs at random may sound like a desultory approach to testing, since it ignores any information about the structure of the system under test.
Stateful Testing: Finding More Errors in Code and Contracts