|1.||[ noun ] (linguistics) extended verbal expression in speech or writing|
|Related terms:||language_unit context|
|2.||[ verb ] talk or hold forth formally about a topic|
"The speaker dissertated about the social politics in 18th century England"
|Related terms:||talk dissertation|
|3.||[ noun ] (religion) an address of a religious nature (usually delivered during a church service)|
|Related terms:||address kerygma evangelism baccalaureate Sermon_on_the_Mount homily church_service sermonize|
|4.||[ verb ] carry on a conversation|
|Related terms:||talk argue interview interview chat interview conversation|
|5.||[ verb ] to consider or examine in speech or writing|
"The article covered all the different aspects of this question" "The class discussed Dante's 'Inferno'"
|Related terms:||cover talk_shop descant discussion|
|6.||[ noun ] an extended communication (often interactive) dealing with some particular topic|
"the book contains an excellent discussion of modal logic" "his treatment of the race question is badly biased"
|Related terms:||communication detail consideration talk dilation expansion|