• WordNet 3.6
    • n dissertation a treatise advancing a new point of view resulting from research; usually a requirement for an advanced academic degree
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Dissertation A formal or elaborate argumentative discourse, oral or written; a disquisition; an essay; a discussion; as, Dissertations on the Prophecies.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n dissertation A set or formal discourse.
    • n dissertation A written essay, treatise, or disquisition: as, Newton's dissertations on the prophecies.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Dissertation a formal discourse: a treatise
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. dissertatio,: cf. F. dissertation,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. dissertāre, inten. of disserĕre, to discuss—dis, serĕre, to put in a row.


In literature:

Dissertation sur la Circoncision, sons les rapports religieux, hygieniques, et Pathologiques.
"History of Circumcision from the Earliest Times to the Present" by Peter Charles Remondino
Start not, reader, I am not going to trouble you with a poetical dissertation; no, no!
"Lavengro The Scholar, the Gypsy, the Priest" by George Borrow
With 4 Dissertations, and an Appendix.
"The True Life of Betty Ireland" by Anonymous
She listened with a short nod to Mr. Meeker's dissertation on the necessity of concord in all the assembled wills.
"The Best Short Stories of 1919" by Various
Never before had the lady fancied the tutor or shown a disposition to listen to his dissertations, which were long.
"A Tame Surrender, A Story of The Chicago Strike" by Charles King
Essays.+ An essay is a brief dissertation on some special subject.
"Elementary Guide to Literary Criticism" by F. V. N. Painter
More oaths followed, together with a lengthy dissertation on Gomez's ancestors, both immediate and remote.
"Across the Spanish Main" by Harry Collingwood
The study, however, was undertaken as a doctoral dissertation at Columbia.
"The Journal of Negro History, Volume 7, 1922" by Various
Do you remember his long dissertation on the law-abiding criminals of this little old country?
"The Green Rust" by Edgar Wallace
It was too apparent, though not to Hallam, to James, for the dissertation to move him to any kindness.
"Sir Walter Ralegh" by William Stebbing
They give but little heed to the technical dissertations of the well-meaning man, and only a passing glance at the objects indicated.
"The Flag of Distress" by Mayne Reid
After a preliminary dissertation on the nature of animals, Buffon plunges into an account of those that have been domesticated or tamed.
"The World's Greatest Books - Volume 15 - Science" by Various
The copy is by comparison a dead, insipid dissertation.
"The Works of Alexander Pope, Volume 1" by Alexander Pope
Now I shall not attempt a dissertation, however tempting the theme, upon the uses of speech in general.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 16, No. 94, August, 1865" by Various
"Endless Amusement" by Unknown
This is a most characteristic passage, and introduces us into the inner nature of the man more than a whole chapter of dissertation.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 58, No. 359, September 1845" by Various
I. had appeared in 1905 as a Berlin dissertation.
"Beowulf" by R. W. Chambers
James was the reader; and after he had read an account of the battle, he gave his readers a dissertation upon it.
"Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland" by Various
It was first published in 1759 as an academical dissertation, and afterwards as a separate work.
"Lives of Eminent Zoologists, from Aristotle to Linnæus" by William MacGillivray
Predestination, Knox's Dissertation on, 111.
"John Knox" by Wm. M. Taylor

In poetry:

One dissertates, he is candid;
Two must discept,—has distinguished;
Three helps the couple, if ever yet man did;
Four protests; Five makes a dart at the thing wished:
Back to One, goes the case bandied.
"Master Hugues Of Saxe-Gotha" by Robert Browning

In news:

In 1994 a group of Rice graduate students realized that drinking and singing together was more fun than writing their dissertations.
Neither is it the thesis from a dissertation on post-modern literature.
Candidates for graduate degrees in political science will fill libraries with dissertations dissecting this year's results.
Fired from his job, unsure about his sexuality, about to lose his sublet apartment and suspecting that his doctoral dissertation will never get written, Tad Leary is remarkably unprepared for revelry of any kind.
In 2009, there were 250 students pursuing dissertations , and growth was doubling every year.
The Snake-Fighting Portion of the Dissertation Defense.
This Dissertation Will Be Comic.
For Nick Sousanis, editing his dissertation will be much messier than pressing the delete key and retyping passages.
Bryan Parno Wins ACM 2010 Doctoral Dissertation Award for Security Work.
Eurammon is also inviting the winners to present the dissertations to an international audience during the award ceremony in fall 2011.
Saif Qaddafi's Democracy-Loving Dissertation .
Doug Achterman's Haves, Halves, and Have-Nots dissertation .
I know many newly minted PhD 's hope to turn their dissertations into works accessible to the general public.
Universities have been awarding doctorates for centuries longer than the United States has been a sovereign nation, but graduate students have been writing dissertations and defending them for only the past 200 years or so.
Doctoral student sues Duquesne U over unfinished dissertation.

In science:

Conversano, On the connections between definable groups in o-minimal structures and real Lie groups: the non-compact case, PhD dissertation, Siena 2009, 119 pp. [Do:04] A.
On the homotopy type of definable groups in an o-minimal structure
Dissertation, University of New Mexico (1996).
Optimal Observables for Minimum-Error State Discrimination in General Probabilistic Theories
The graduate dissertation by PK contributed to this work.
Discovery of Candidate H$_2$O Disk Masers in AGN and Estimations of Centripetal Accelerations
Bignell for telescope scheduling that enabled the dissertation work and R.
Discovery of Candidate H$_2$O Disk Masers in AGN and Estimations of Centripetal Accelerations
Chabysheva, A nonperturbative calculation of the electron’s anomalous magnetic moment, Ph.D. thesis, Southern Methodist University, ProQuest Dissertations & Theses 3369009 (2009).
On the nonperturbative solution of Pauli--Villars-regulated light-front QED: A comparison of the sector-dependent and standard parameterizations
DPhil Dissertation, Department of Statistics, University of Oxford.
Joint Vertex Degrees in an Inhomogeneous Random Graph Model
Ripon, “Extending and Relating Semantic Models of Co mpensating CSP,” Ph.D. dissertation, University of Southampton, 2008 . S. H.
Formalizing cCSP Synchronous Semantics in PVS
Berestycki, Phase transitions for the distance of random walks and applications to genome rearrangement, Ph.D. dissertation, Cornell University (2005). G.-Y.
Explicit expanders with cutoff phenomena
In fact, Professor Shahidi motivated some of the directions taken in this dissertation.
The Langlands-Shahidi Method for the metaplectic group and applications
Although this theory addresses quasi-split connected reductive algebraic groups, our aim in this dissertation is to extend this theory to S p2n (F), the metaplectic double cover of the symplectic group over a p-adic field F, which is not an algebraic group, and present some applications.
The Langlands-Shahidi Method for the metaplectic group and applications
Furthermore, in Chapter 5 of this dissertation we prove the uniqueness of Whittaker model for S p2n (F) in general.
The Langlands-Shahidi Method for the metaplectic group and applications
In Chapter 1 we give the general notation to be used throughout this dissertation.
The Langlands-Shahidi Method for the metaplectic group and applications
In Chapter 4 we survey some facts from the existing and expected representation theory of S p2n (F) to be used in this dissertation.
The Langlands-Shahidi Method for the metaplectic group and applications
Some of the results presented in this dissertation have already been published.
The Langlands-Shahidi Method for the metaplectic group and applications
Through this dissertation, we realize the metaplectic group via Rao‘s cocycle, .
The Langlands-Shahidi Method for the metaplectic group and applications