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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Digress  \Di*gress"\,  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Digressed};  p.  pr  & 
  vb  n.  {Digressing}.]  [L.  digressus  p.  p.  of  digredi  to  go 
  apart,  to  deviate;  di-  =  dis-  +  gradi  to  step,  walk.  See 
  {Grade}.] 
  1.  To  step  or  turn  aside;  to  deviate;  to  swerve;  especially, 
  to  turn  aside  from  the  main  subject  of  attention,  or 
  course  of  argument,  in  writing  or  speaking. 
 
  Moreover  she  beginneth  to  digress  in  latitude. 
  --Holland. 
 
  In  the  pursuit  of  an  argument  there  is  hardly  room 
  to  digress  into  a  particular  definition  as  often  as 
  a  man  varies  the  signification  of  any  term.  --Locke. 
 
  2.  To  turn  aside  from  the  right  path;  to  transgress;  to 
  offend.  [R.] 
 
  Thy  abundant  goodness  shall  excuse  This  deadly  blot 
  on  thy  digressing  son.  --Shak. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Digress  \Di*gress"\,  n. 
  Digression.  [Obs.]  --Fuller. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  digress 
  v  1:  turn  aside  esp.  from  the  main  subject  of  attention  or 
  course  of  argument  in  writing  or  speaking;  "She  always 
  digresses  when  telling  a  story"  [syn:  {stray},  {divagate}, 
  {wander}] 
  2:  wander  from  a  direct  or  straight  course  [syn:  {stray},  {sidetrack}, 
  {depart},  {straggle}] 




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