• WordNet 3.6
    • v digress lose clarity or turn aside especially from the main subject of attention or course of argument in writing, thinking, or speaking "She always digresses when telling a story","her mind wanders","Don't digress when you give a lecture"
    • v digress wander from a direct or straight course
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Digress Digression.
    • Digress To step or turn aside; to deviate; to swerve; especially, to turn aside from the main subject of attention, or course of argument, in writing or speaking. "Moreover she beginneth to digress in latitude.""In the pursuit of an argument there is hardly room to digress into a particular definition as often as a man varies the signification of any term."
    • Digress To turn aside from the right path; to transgress; to offend. "Thy abundant goodness shall excuse
      This deadly blot on thy digressing son."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • digress To turn aside from the direct or appointed course; deviate or wander away, as from the main road, from the main tenor and purpose in speaking or writing, or from the principal line of argument, study, or occupation.
    • digress To turn aside from the right path; transgress; offend.
    • n digress A digression.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Digress di-gres′ to step aside or go from the main subject: to introduce irrelevant matter
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. digressus, p. p. of digredi, to go apart, to deviate; di-, = dis-, + gradi, to step, walk. See Grade
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. digredi, digressusdi, aside, gradi, to step. See Grade.


In literature:

Enough, however, of digressions, and let us return to Hispaniola.
"De Orbe Novo, Volume 1 (of 2)" by Trans. by Francis Augustus MacNutt
But this is a digression; I return to my landing.
"The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe (1808)" by Daniel Defoe
But it is time that we should now return to the affairs of him who hath occasioned this digression.
"Lives Of The Most Remarkable Criminals Who have been Condemned and Executed for Murder, the Highway, Housebreaking, Street Robberies, Coining or other offences" by Arthur L. Hayward
And the reader, too, may welcome a digression from travel.
"Across China on Foot" by Edwin Dingle
This apparent digression was necessary to a right understanding of the character of Berlin and its neighborhood in comparison with Vienna.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. XVII. No. 101. May, 1876." by Various
I return now whence I digressed.
"The Works of Horace" by Horace
But this is a digression.
"The End Of The World" by Edward Eggleston
But this is a digression from our point.
"The Nervous Housewife" by Abraham Myerson
Pardon this astronomical digression.
"Continental Monthly, Vol. I., No. IV., April, 1862" by Various
I beg pardon, Sir, if, when I speak of this and of other great men, I appear to digress in saying something of their characters.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. II. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke

In poetry:

And the right at his discretion
To wield it as his faith may guide
Responsible for each digression,
To God, his country, and his pride!
"The Triumph Of Liberty" by James Madison Bell
Excuse this rather long digression,
My pen has carried me astray;
These schoolboy days make an impression
From which 'tis hard to get away.
"Dear Friends And Neighbors" by David John Scott
I took my sister t'other day
(Excuse the slang expression)
To Sadler's Wells to see the play
In hopes the new impression
Might in her thoughts, from grave to gay
Effect some slight digression.
"Melancholetta" by Lewis Carroll
I observe: "Our sentimental friend the moon!
Or possibly (fantastic, I confess)
It may be Prester John's balloon
Or an old battered lantern hung aloft
To light poor travellers to their distress."
She then: "How you digress!"
"Conversation Galante" by T S Eliot

In news:

Of course, it could be argued that such rationalization is precisely what makes a fear irrational, but I fear I digress.
Tangents, parenthetical asides, and digressions.
Despite that and other digressions into Darwinism - the show's title is a word play on the subjects of genes and natural selection.
But I digress Back to my Outlook 2010 TAPI click-to- dial problem.
MUSIC MATTERS – Oxford, it seems, is digressing into its summer swagger — some people call this a slump.
I digressed a bit last week with a lesson about online shopping.
This rambling speech sounds like it should have been fifteen different keynotes , but every digression within it is an amazing wormhole into some unheard-of cultural sensibility.
So, I guess Speak Easy is now a microphone with arms waiting to be plugged in, but I digress.
"World Music" is one of those gloriously vague, all-inclusive musical genres (even more so than jazz – although plenty of World Music artists simultaneously get pegged with the "jazz" label, but I digress…).
The NBA Finals that the Dallas Mavericks failed to reach because owner Mark Cuban blew up the team (I digress) is approaching Game 5 tonight.
Colson Whitehead's fourth novel, " Sag Harbor," reads like a conversation with an old friend, warm, funny and digression-filled.
Perhaps we should all have these scans tattooed on our foreheads which would make getting through airports so much easier, but I digress.
As you might guess from the photograph here, I will digress a bit in my column this month.
Now that I watch it again, I'm not 100% sure it a women, but I digress.
Well, I find it funny that Rush and Glenn Beck and Hannity must be pulling their hair out that a gay liberal female has a well received show on MSNBC, but I digress.

In science:

Short digression on a related cubic module of rank 6.
Solution of the coincidence problem in dimensions $d\le 4$
Whether it is OK to compare Seyferts with normal galaxies requires a small digression.
Astrophysics in 2005
For a clear view on the essential ingredients of spontaneous symmetry breaking, this digression into extensivity and a correct choice for the symmetry breaking field seems unnecessary and therefore we have chosen to ignore these subtleties in our main treatment of quantum mechanical spontaneous symmetry breaking.
Spontaneous Symmetry Breaking in Quantum Mechanics
I wish to make here a digression on extra dimensions and QCD.
QCD, New Physics and Experiment
At this point it is useful to digress for one paragraph in order to exhibit the relation In standard notation2 they can be defined as to spin-dependent potentials [28, 29].
Non-perturbative renormalization of the chromo-magnetic operator in Heavy Quark Effective Theory and the B* - B mass splitting