digression

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n digression wandering from the main path of a journey
    • n digression a turning aside (of your course or attention or concern) "a diversion from the main highway","a digression into irrelevant details","a deflection from his goal"
    • n digression a message that departs from the main subject
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Digression A turning aside from the right path; transgression; offense. "Then my digression is so vile, so base,
      That it will live engraven in my face."
    • Digression The act of digressing or deviating, esp. from the main subject of a discourse; hence, a part of a discourse deviating from its main design or subject. "The digressions I can not excuse otherwise, than by the confidence that no man will read them."
    • Digression (Anat) The elongation, or angular distance from the sun; -- said chiefly of the inferior planets.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n digression The act of digressing; deviation from a regular or appointed course; especially, a departure from the main subject under consideration; an excursion of speech or writing.
    • n digression Deviation from the path of virtue; transgression.
    • n digression In astronomy, the angular distance in the ecliptic of the inferior planets Mercury and Venus from the sun.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Digression a going from the main point: a part of a discourse not upon the main subject
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. digressio,: cf. F. digression,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. digredi, digressusdi, aside, gradi, to step. See Grade.

Usage

In literature:

But during this digression my friends Pat and Willie have been waiting on the banks of the 'Teljuga.
"Sport and Work on the Nepaul Frontier" by James Inglis
I promised to digress, Reader, and I have kept my word.
"The Book-Bills of Narcissus" by Le Gallienne, Richard
But this is altogether a purely geographical digression.
"The Explorers of Australia and their Life-work" by Ernest Favenc
And that Tolozan, with his endless digressions!
"Play-Making" by William Archer
But this is both cynical and digressive.
"The Eagle's Shadow" by James Branch Cabell
But to return from this long digression.
"The Dog Crusoe and His Master" by Robert Michael Ballantyne
This little digression has induced us momentarily to overlook the incidents of the tale.
"The Headsman" by James Fenimore Cooper
In the Structure of his Poem he has likewise admitted of too many Digressions.
"The Spectator, Volume 2." by Addison and Steele
But now to return once more to the trees, the loss of which caused me to digress some pages back; there are compensations in all things.
"A Cotswold Village" by J. Arthur Gibbs
I beg my reader's pardon for this digression.
"The Life of Col. James Gardiner" by P. Doddridge
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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:

We frequently begin with a digression, and such is the case today.
I like to think that I always erred on the side of acute mother-bear protection syndrome but I digress.
) A long comic novel (with long nutty digressions) whose hero, a C.I.A.
Mostly rock with occasional digressions into classical and jazz.
Pop, powerpop, punk, electroclash, garage rock, occasionally noisy digressions.
The digressions of people power.
Don't let Democrats ' digress into this deficit nonsense.
"i digress " @ Ashawagh Hall Reception.
That will seem like a silly title to my regular readers (both of you) because all I do is digress .
This digression concerns my last several days in Portland, ME for a reunion of my college roomies.
Snappy dialogue and a madcap pace propel this lighthearted caper past moments of implausibility and occasional polemical digressions.
As a matter one of the best shows I've seen featured Prong and Gravity Kills on the same stage, but I digress.
INTERVIEWS #sonictruth: 90 Wildly Speculative Digressions On Why Yuck Might Be the Greatest Band of the '90s.
The movie Inception with Leo DiCaprio freaked most of us the hell out…mostly because of the high amounts of THC in our bodies at the time, 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…).
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In science:

We thus end this digression by making part of the above argument more explicit.
Extended set of Majorana spinors, a new dispersion relation, and a preferred frame
This is the end of the digression and let’s justify why the above considerations are relevant.
Flat family of QFTs and quantization of d-algebras
At this point it is worth making a digression about the Reidemeister moves.
Review of "Knots" by Alexei Sossinsky, Harvard University Press, 2002, ISBN 0-674-00944-4
Sossinsky takes the opportunity to make a quick digression into the sub ject of DNA topology.
Review of "Knots" by Alexei Sossinsky, Harvard University Press, 2002, ISBN 0-674-00944-4
Before the explanation of these modules, it should be important to have a brief digression on the third postulate of Quantum Mechanics, which concerns to measurements. A measurement is characterized by an observable, M , such that M = M † = (M T )⋆ .
An Introduction to Logical Operations on Classical and Quantum Bits
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