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desultory


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Desultory  \Des"ul*to*ry\,  a.  [L.  desultorius,  fr  desultor  a 
  leaper,  fr  desilire  desultum  to  leap  down  de  +  salire  to 
  leap.  See  {Saltation}.] 
  1.  Leaping  or  skipping  about  [Obs.] 
 
  I  shot  at  it  [a  bird],  but  it  was  so  desultory  that 
  I  missed  my  aim  --Gilbert 
  White. 
 
  2.  Jumping,  or  passing,  from  one  thing  or  subject  to  another, 
  without  order  or  rational  connection;  without  logical 
  sequence;  disconnected;  immethodical;  aimless;  as 
  desultory  minds.  --Atterbury. 
 
  He  [Goldsmith]  knew  nothing  accurately;  his  reading 
  had  been  desultory.  --Macaulay. 
 
  3.  Out  of  course;  by  the  way  as  a  digression;  not  connected 
  with  the  subject;  as  a  desultory  remark. 
 
  Syn:  Rambling;  roving;  immethodical;  discursive;  inconstant; 
  unsettled;  cursory;  slight;  hasty;  loose. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  desultory 
  adj  :  marked  by  lack  of  definite  plan  or  regularity  or  purpose; 
  jumping  from  one  thing  to  another;  "desultory 
  thoughts";  "the  desultory  conversation  characteristic 
  of  cocktail  parties" 




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