divagation


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di·va·gate

 (dī′və-gāt′, dĭv′ə-)
intr.v. di·va·gat·ed, di·va·gat·ing, di·va·gates
1. To wander or drift about.
2. To ramble; digress.

[Late Latin dīvagārī, dīvagāt- : Latin dī-, dis-, apart; see dis- + Latin vagārī, to wander (from vagus, wandering).]

di′va·ga′tion n.

divagation

the act of digressing; wandering off the subject.
See also: Thinking
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.divagation - a message that departs from the main subjectdivagation - a message that departs from the main subject
subject matter, content, message, substance - what a communication that is about something is about
2.divagation - a turning aside (of your course or attention or concern); "a diversion from the main highway"; "a digression into irrelevant details"; "a deflection from his goal"
turning, turn - the act of changing or reversing the direction of the course; "he took a turn to the right"
red herring - any diversion intended to distract attention from the main issue

divagation

noun
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Let us be set down at Queen's Crawley without further divagation, and see how Miss Rebecca Sharp speeds there.
If we can discern a militaristic logic in the relation between The Knight of Snowdoun and the equestrian Blue Beard, the brief divagation to Astley's reminds us of the importance of not only feminine vulnerability but also spatial displacement to this patriotic fantasy.
Former Al-Azhar University President Ahmed Omar Hashim told Daily News Egypt on Monday "atheism is divagation from realities.
Mais les troupeaux de b ufs en divagation en saison seche y trouvent un ilot de verdure a brouter apres les feux de vegetation tout autour du jardin.
Le lac Mezaia, lieu de villegiature pour beaucoup de familles bejaouies, apres un moment de gloire, est retombee dans la divagation.
In order to continue on the note outlined prior to my above divagation, it is important to underline here, before presenting the context of the Kosovo operation itself, the moral and legal conditions under which humanitarian interventions were considered legitimate and acceptable at that time.
Sam Rhodie implies that the play of Antonioni's camera is divagation for its own sake--"the wanderings of the camera in Thomas' studio in Blow-Up, intent on framings, on objects, on surfaces, on changing perspectives" (79)--but while such wanderings might seem to refuse the portentousness of emblem--a form designed to instruct and regulate response--they cannot avoid developing a thematic charge.
His way of implicitly reprimanding Dante for his divagation from Beatrice is courtesy itself: "Let our not singing your ode, Voi che "ntendendo il terzo ciel movete, seem a favor to you," a long way from the directness of Cato's rebuke.
Certainly, the great divagation between Gould's two Goldbergs often seems strained in ways that do not always seem particularly interpretative or even jazzy.
Dividing the syntactical traits into types of elision, divagation, and suspension (he devotes a chapter to each type), McDonald does a superb and detailed job of characterizing recurring sentence patterns.
But in these last sections, McDonald also begins to elaborate a provisional theory of audience complicity and response, a theory reliant on pleasure as a motivating factor in how the late style functions: we get pleasure from the artifice of elision, divagation, suspension, and various types of repetition and recognition; and we get pleasure from sensing that local (stylistic) effects are reinforced on a more global (plot-driven) scale as well.
One hopes that, in future books, he will prove to be somewhat less condescending toward his audience and less contemptuous of other critics, and that he will make an effort to rein in his tendency toward editorial explanation, divagation, and apparent pastiche, Students and common readers might more profitably return to the sources that Conley so prolifically quotes, i.