expound

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v expound add details, as to an account or idea; clarify the meaning of and discourse in a learned way, usually in writing "She elaborated on the main ideas in her dissertation"
    • v expound state "set forth one's reasons"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Expound To lay open the meaning of; to explain; to clear of obscurity; to interpret; as, to expound a text of Scripture, a law, a word, a meaning, or a riddle. "Expound this matter more fully to me."
    • Expound To lay open; to expose to view; to examine. "He expounded both his pockets."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • expound To lay open; examine.
    • expound To set forth the points or principles of; lay open the meaning of; explain; interpret: as, to expound a text of Scripture; to expound a law.
    • expound Synonyms Interpret, Elucidate, etc. See explain.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Expound eks-pownd′ to expose, or lay open the meaning of: to explain: to interpret: to explain in a certain way
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Quotations

  • William Shakespeare
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    “I have had a most rare vision. I have had a dream past the wit of man to say what dream it was. Man is but an ass if he go about to expound this dream.”
  • Marquis De Sade
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    “To judge from the notions expounded by theologians, one must conclude that God created most men simply with a view to crowding hell.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. exponen, expounen, expounden, fr. L. exponere, to set out, expose, expound; ex, out + ponere, to put: cf. OE. expondre, expondre,. See Position
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. espondre—L. exponĕreex, out, ponĕre, to place.

Usage

In literature:

Thereupon I began hastily to expound to him my sister's character.
"David Balfour, Second Part" by Robert Louis Stevenson
The elder expounded his simple philosophy.
"The Red Redmaynes" by Eden Phillpotts
Strangest confirmation of all, a Mahomedan preacher of Behar a few years ago was expounding from the Koran the Fatherhood of God.
"New Ideas in India During the Nineteenth Century" by John Morrison
Another is the expounder of the obvious: "Have you ever noticed," says he, deeply thinking, "how people's tastes differ?
"Etiquette" by Emily Post
As he expounds his plans they are more and more convinced that he is a plumy bird of much waste feather.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. 11, No. 22, January, 1873" by Various
Rabbi Ishmael says the law is to be expounded according to thirteen logical rules.
"Hebraic Literature; Translations from the Talmud, Midrashim and Kabbala" by Various
Members would propose and expound their own projects: for the exposition of the others some member must make himself responsible.
"John Redmond's Last Years" by Stephen Gwynn
She held views, expounded them, and maintained them.
"Septimus" by William J. Locke
They have attempted to control the official makers, administrators, and expounders of the law.
"The Promise Of American Life" by Herbert David Croly
Might I again presume, with trust unbounded, To hear your wisdom thoroughly expounded?
"Faust" by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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In poetry:

Wrought thee for my pleasure,
Planned thee as a measure
For expounding
And resounding
Glad things that men treasure.
"To Outer Nature" by Thomas Hardy
Here is the riddle, where's the man
Of judgement to expound?
For masters fam'd that cannot scan,
In Isra'l may be found.
"The Believer's Riddle; or, the Mystery of Faith" by Ralph Erskine
Welcomed us and still expounded.--
From the service on the hill
We had gone three hills and still
Very near the singing sounded.
"One Day And Another: A Lyrical Eclogue – Part II" by Madison Julius Cawein
Who then shall dare resist the Lord,
Or fight against His holy will?
Do not th' expounders of His word
Say, slaves shall be slaves still?
"Liberty" by Alfred Gibbs Campbell
``Deem not the Oracles to—day are dumb;
They from their graves the World's course still forecast,
From things long gone expound the things to come,
And prophesy the Future from the Past.
"Sacred And Profane Love" by Alfred Austin
One says his say with a difference
More of expounding, explaining!
All now is wrangle, abuse, and vociferance;
Now there's a truce, all's subdued, self-restraining :
Five, though, stands out all the stiffer hence.
"Master Hugues Of Saxe-Gotha" by Robert Browning

In news:

This week in the dead tree, I expound on the NHL's now-underway lockout.
Candidates expound on issues they'll pursue if elected.
Katie Lee Joel shares recipes with Maggie Rodriguez that expound on all things green from fresh vegetables to frugal tips.
Anyone who knows me is forced to hear me expound from one of them at least once daily.
Following last week's revelation that fewer than half of FTSE 100 firms employ comms directors on their executive committees, Pearlfinders has expounded the theory that comms experts are increasingly taking on chief marketing roles.
I can appreciate that when discussing the "When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors" policy, Donna Franklin, Lightning Safety Program Lead for the National Weather Service, would expound on the dangers associated with lightning (letter, Sept 20).
Beilein expounds on his decision to leave West Virginia for Michigan, says he doesn't want to be anywhere else but Ann Arbor.
The prolific rapper expounds on commercialism in hip-hop, what makes a classic and why "life is good.".
One of the most intriguing tales, as expounded by the cocktail historian David Wondrich, places its birth near Tijuana in the 1920s or 1930s.
I have eaten many a breakfast bagel at the American Enterprise Institute while listening to its experts expound.
I asked a few actor friends to expound on the subject.
I would like to expound on one of the benefits which we experienced at our annual fundraiser this past August.
Google's Eric Schmidt expounds on his Senate testimony.
Luke tells us that in a post-Resurrection appearance to two of his disciples "beginning at Moses and all the prophets," Jesus "expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself" (Luke 24:25-27).
If you will, please permit me a quick public apology before I expound on my 10 favorite movies of this past year.
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In science:

The resulting ob jective picture, despite its simplicity, has some deep theoretical implications, that will be briefly expounded and commented on at the end.
Embedding QM into an objective framework
In an introductory paragraph Einstein called the theory to be expounded in the review ‘conceivably the farthest-reaching generalization’ of the special theory of relativity.
Albert Einstein's 1916 Review Article on General Relativity
The mathematics of his paper is based on 1971 work of Fenichel on singular systems of ordinary differential equations as expounded in the monograph of C.
Comment on Phys. Rev. D 60 084017 "Classical self-force" by F. Rohrlich
We now initiate another sub-subsection to expound upon this last case.
Subsets of F_p^n without three term arithmetic progressions have several large Fourier coefficients
The implications of extra sterile neutrinos for the Double Chooz experiment is expounded.
The (3+2) Neutrino Mass Spectrum and Double Chooz
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