conversation

Definitions

  • BILL NYE CONVERSING WITH SITTING BULL
    BILL NYE CONVERSING WITH SITTING BULL
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n conversation the use of speech for informal exchange of views or ideas or information etc.
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Riverside conversation Riverside conversation

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Sound carries so well in the Arctic that on a calm day, a conversation can be heard from 1.8 miles away.
    • Conversation Colloquial discourse; oral interchange of sentiments and observations; informal dialogue. "The influence exercised by his [Johnson's conversation was altogether without a parallel."
    • Conversation Commerce; intercourse; traffic. "All traffic and mutual conversation ."
    • Conversation Familiar intercourse; intimate fellowship or association; close acquaintance. "Conversation with the best company.""I set down, out of long experience in business and much conversation in books, what I thought pertinent to this business."
    • Conversation General course of conduct; behavior. "Let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel."
    • Conversation Sexual intercourse; as, criminal conversation .
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Until 1965, driving was done on the left-hand side on roads in Sweden. The conversion to right-hand was done on a weekday at 5 p.m.
    • n conversation General course of actions or habits; manner of life; behavior: deportment, especially with respect to morals. [Obsolescent.]
    • n conversation Familiar intercourse; intimate acquaintance or association; commerce in social life. [Obsolescent.]
    • n conversation Familiar acquaintance from using or studying.
    • n conversation Informal interchange of thoughts and sentiments by spoken words; informal or familiar talk.
    • n conversation A meeting for conversation, especially on literary subjects; a conversazione.
    • n conversation Sexual intercourse: as, criminal conversation (which see, under criminal).
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Conversation intercourse: talk: familiar discourse; (B.) behaviour or deportment
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Quotations

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    “An expert gossiper knows how much to leave out of a conversation.”
  • William Hazlitt
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    “There are many who talk on from ignorance rather than from knowledge, and who find the former an inexhaustible fund of conversation.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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    “Clever people are always the best conversations lexicon.”
  • John Erskine
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    “Only if we can restrain ourselves is good conversation possible. Good talk rises upon much discipline.”
  • Francois De La Rochefoucauld
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    “Listening well and answering well is one of the greatest perfections that can be obtained in conversation.”
  • Andre Maurois
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    “A happy marriage is a long conversation which always seems too short.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. conversacio,in senses 1 & 2), OF. conversacion, F. conversation, fr. L. conversatio, frequent abode in a place, intercourse, LL. also, manner of life
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. conversāri, to live with—con, inten., and versāre, to turn much—vertĕre, to turn.

Usage

In literature:

And Peter, although he had been the subject of her conversation, well knew that he was not included in the vision.
"A Modern Chronicle, Complete" by Winston Churchill
The next day Mr. Dale had a long conversation with Mrs. Fairfield.
"My Novel, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
The two men walked in silence for some minutes, and Graham first spoke, changing altogether the subject of conversation.
"The Parisians, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
But of all her attractions, and of all the evidences of her cultivated mind, none equalled the extraordinary grace of her conversation.
"Godolphin, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Lord St. Jerome loved conversation, though he never conversed.
"Lothair" by Benjamin Disraeli
Their conversation was in hushed tones, as become the initiated.
"Endymion" by Benjamin Disraeli
But the evenings went on as before, and their conversations were just as poetic and interesting.
"The Possessed" by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Then, in the slight noise caused by the brush, the two women drew together, and conversed in a more intimate way.
"L'Assommoir" by Emile Zola
The conversation in the garden had not pleased her.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
However, Pierre, who, like Marie, had been listening to the conversation, now intervened.
"The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete Lourdes, Rome and Paris" by Emile Zola
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In poetry:

I talk to the canvases that put my life in danger,
Hang them from clouds and trees,
Step back for some perspective.
You can easily engage the Italian masters in conversation.
"Paintings" by Marin Sorescu
O, do not sell th' ecstatic joys above,
Th' angelic converse, and the realms of light,
The Godhead's favour, and thy Saviour's love,
For the loose pleasures of a guilty night.
"Advice And Warning To The Adulterer" by Rees Prichard
Yes stay, and I shall haste to thy converse,
With full delight, at rosiate morn, calm even,
And I shall dream of rich and golden verse
From angel lyres within the bowers of Heaven.
"To My Copy Of Shakspeare Which Had Been Lost" by James Avis Bartley
He told his life story to Mrs. Courtly
Who was a widow. 'Let us get married shortly',
He said. 'I am no longer passionate,
But we can have some conversation before it is too late.'
"Autumn" by Stevie Smith
III. When silly beaux around one flutter,
and silly belles gay nonsense utter,
How sweet to steal
To some lone corner (quite perdue)
And with the dear elected few Converse and feel!
"Fragment XXIV." by Sydney Owenson
Around went the bowl while the doctor could stand,
Around while the lawyer could reason,
Till speechless and legless they lay hand in hand,
Conversing on subjects in season.—Chorus.
"The Christening" by John Jay Chapman

In news:

American Power Conversion just announced the Back-UPS RS 1300 and 1500 with integrated Liquid Crystal Displays (LCD).
The desert outside Tucson, Ariz. Is a quiet place - until someone revs the engine of an F-4 fighter jet with a conversation-stopping roar.
Burkett told USA TODAY that he had agreed to turn over the documents to CBS if the network would arrange a conversation with the Kerry campaign.
South Beach tour guide Paula Fletcher, a colourful and conversational sort with a fabulous British accent, turns to my tour group.
KeyBank's workforce to double in this market after conversion of 11 HSBC branches.
In most businesses, the conversation would then turn to management -- are they doing a good enough job.
Corel DVD Copy 6 Plus Conversion Software Review.
The soft, rhythmic click of knitting needles provided pacing for conversation at the Appalachian Women Entrepreneurs meeting on Wednesday night.
It could be awhile before condo conversion community conditions improve.
I think the conversation which in every way the Courtier must try to make pleasing is that which he has with his prince.
Zoning changes could pave the way for Joliet church conversion.
IN 13 games last season, the University of Tulsa offense was 6-of-14 on fourth-down conversions.
Join in the conversation with the Scripps Howard News Service tonight.
At the Final Four, I had the opportunity to share a conversation (and a drink) with a rather enjoyable VCU student in the bar of the Houston hotel where both of us were staying.
Tina Chinchic's kitchen is open - for conversation.
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In science:

Any converse for list coding implies a converse for lossy coding.
Lossy joint source-channel coding in the finite blocklength regime
This is a factor of 1.17 higher than the conversion adopted in that paper for a different set of assumptions. 22 Optical fluxes reported by Cohn et al. (2010) assume fR = 100.4R−6 , which results in values 1.18 higher than the conversion adopted in the present paper.
HST/ACS Imaging of Omega Centauri: Optical Counterparts of Chandra X-Ray Sources
ADC/MIP conversion factor and temperature of detector and also between ADC/photon conversion factor and the temperature.
Calorimetry for Lepton Collider Experiments - CALICE results and activities
Since the entropy bound (2) and the classical weak converse provide the converse of the quantum coding theorem, the main problem was the proof of the direct coding theorem, i. e. of the inequality C ≥ ¯C .
Coding Theorems for Quantum Communication Channels
The dependence of the best-fitting parameters on the following factors has been investigated: the assumed completeness of the low-redshift sample, the assumed conversion between cluster flux and EMSS detect cell flux, the luminosity-temperature conversions, and the amplitudes of the scatter about these mean relations.
Measuring Omega_0 using cluster evolution
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