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
But again I am digressing too far from the story.
"Small Means and Great Ends" by Edited by Mrs. M. H. Adams
And here comes in a morsel of official history which will excuse a short digression.
"Atlantic Monthly Vol. 6, No. 33, July, 1860" by Various
In the Structure of his Poem he has likewise admitted of too many Digressions.
"The Spectator, Volumes 1, 2 and 3" by Joseph Addison and Richard Steele
This digression appeared to me to be seasonable, because that writer deserves to be more widely known.
"Theodicy" by G. W. Leibniz
I will allow myself a very short digression here.
"About Orchids" by Frederick Boyle
From this apparent digression you will at once discover our object.
"Lectures on Language" by William S. Balch
From this subject, the specific subject of my book, I shall not again digress.
"The Evolution of Love" by Emil Lucka
But in order to understand the significance of this act a word of digression is necessary.
"The Religion of Numa" by Jesse Benedict Carter
And how delightful are these digressions in the world of books!
"The Book-Hunter at Home" by P. B. M. Allan
I beg the reader's pardon if I here digress for a moment.
"The Minister of Evil" by William Le Queux
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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
If one wants to preserve locality and/or invariance of the quantized field theory, it is thus strictly necessary to give up the positivity of the state space. A short digression into the early history of the idea might be of interest.
Indefinite metric
After this digression on the role of dilaton, we can come back to the dualities.
Issues on tadpoles and vacuum redefinitions in String Theory
After this digression, we come back to write the amplitudes.
Issues on tadpoles and vacuum redefinitions in String Theory
A short digression on a hierarchy of problems.
Solution of the coincidence problem in dimensions $d\le 4$
We hope that this short digression has put the problem in a broader perspective.
Solution of the coincidence problem in dimensions $d\le 4$
To this end, let’s digress to the topic of density of state.
Black hole entropy and Hawking radiation spectrum predictions without Immirzi parameter
Before we discuss the position of the present paper in the series –, we digress to describe the relation between the present series of papers with classical and recent work on scalar local invariants in various geometries.
The decomposition of Global Conformal Invariants V
The possibility of “forbidden cases” when m > µ will be treated in the “Digression” below.
The decomposition of global conformal invariants VI: The proof of the proposition on local Riemannian invariants
Before that, we shall stop and digress a little about how observational uncertainties should be included in our analysis.
Testing gaussianity, homogeneity and isotropy with the cosmic microwave background
The inclusion of these mass effects in parton shower simulations 30To avoid digressing from our stated objectives we limit ourselves to this minimal description of the parton shower approximation and refer the interested reader the following dedicated review articles [14, 18, 225, 226].
THE TOOLS AND MONTE CARLO WORKING GROUP Summary Report from the Les Houches 2009 Workshop on TeV Colliders
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