Discuss
Discuss Dis*cuss", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Discussed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Discussing}.] [L. discussus, p. p. of discutere to strike asunder (hence came the sense to separate mentally, distinguish); dis- + quatere to shake, strike. See {Quash}.] 1. To break to pieces; to shatter. [Obs.] --Sir T. Browne. [1913 Webster]

2. To break up; to disperse; to scatter; to dissipate; to drive away; -- said especially of tumors. [archaic]

Note: This usage is preserved only in the word {discussive}. [1913 Webster]

Many arts were used to discuss the beginnings of new affection. --Sir H. Wotton. [1913 Webster]

A pomade . . . of virtue to discuss pimples. --Rambler. [1913 Webster]

3. To shake; to put away; to finish. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

All regard of shame she had discussed. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

4. To examine in detail or by disputation; to reason upon by presenting favorable and adverse considerations; to debate; to sift; to investigate; to ventilate. ``We sat and . . . discussed the farm . . . and the price of grain.'' --Tennyson. ``To discuss questions of taste.'' --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

5. To deal with, in eating or drinking. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]

We sat quietly down and discussed a cold fowl that we had brought with us. --Sir S. Baker. [1913 Webster]

6. (Law) To examine or search thoroughly; to exhaust a remedy against, as against a principal debtor before proceeding against the surety. --Burrill.

Syn: To {Discuss}, {Examine}, {Debate}. We speak of examining a subject when we ponder it with care, in order to discover its real state, or the truth respecting it. We speak of discussing a topic when we examine it thoroughly in its distinct parts. The word is very commonly applied to matters of opinion. We may discuss a subject without giving in an adhesion to any conclusion. We speak of debating a point when we examine it in mutual argumentation between opposing parties. In debate we contend for or against some conclusion or view. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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