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n. pl. ex·cur·sus·es
1. A lengthy, appended exposition of a topic or point.
2. A digression.

[Latin, from past participle of excurrere, to run out; see excursion.]


n, pl -suses or -sus
(Rhetoric) an incidental digression from the main topic under discussion or from the main story in a narrative
[C19: from Latin: a running forth, from excurrere to run out]


(ɛkˈskɜr səs)

n., pl. -sus•es, -sus.
1. a detailed discussion of some point in a book, esp. one added as an appendix.
2. a digression or incidental excursion, as in a narrative.
[1795–1805; < Latin: a running out, sally, digression. See ex-1, course]
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Noun1.excursus - a message that departs from the main subjectexcursus - a message that departs from the main subject
subject matter, content, message, substance - what a communication that is about something is about




[ekˈskɜːsɪz] Nexcursus m inv
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Casaubon's mind was more alert, and he seemed to anticipate what was coming after a very slight verbal indication, saying, "That will do--mark that"--or "Pass on to the next head--I omit the second excursus on Crete.
Deane, when he expected to take his wine alone, would tell Tom to step in and sit with him an hour, and would pass that hour in much lecturing and catechising concerning articles of export and import, with an occasional excursus of more indirect utility on the relative advantages to the merchants of St.
He also leads readers on an excursus about ruptures, changes, and evolutions: outline of the Medieval, the Renaissance, and the Mannerist discourse.
In an excursus, he explores that "Londonisation", where the aria-to-recitative ratio is increased, and dramma per musica becomes more musica and, perhaps, less dramma.
Junto a estas cuestiones, el autor introduce varios excursus como, por ejemplo, el de la absoluta distincion entre el Creador y la creacion.
Torrance's reinterpretation of divine monarchy and his suggestion that the Spirit proceeds from the Trinity as a whole (35); Theodorus Alexopoulos's excursus into the late Byzantine theology of Nikephoros Blemmydes and Gregory of Cyprus retrieves their notion of the Spirit's eternal manifestation through the Son (82-83); and finally, Thomas Weinandy argues that the Spirit plays a part in the generation of the Son (196-97).
Particularmente, nos llama la atencion el sentido moralizante y ejemplificador de los excursus, volviendo a la disgresion una fuente de costumbre y moral indiana.
Modelled loosely on Marx's analysis of the commodity in Capital, it begins with a discussion of the home as a physical fact, which leads to a discussion of the construction industry and construction work, which leads to a consideration of neighbourhoods and urban planning, which leads to an excursus on attempts at housing alternatives, which leads, finally, to a call to abandon reform and abolish capitalism as a whole.
A transitional excursus leads Ladario into further discussion of the OT revelation of God as Triune in terms of the role of the Name of God, The Angel of the Lord, and the emphasis of the early Church upon orthodox trinitarian theology and dogma.
La ultima contribucion es un excursus del cardenal Tauran recordando sus tiempos conciliares como estudiante romano y el camino recorrido en estos ultimos cincuenta anos.
Each of these experiences, encounters, and explorations represents a boundary between boundaries (social, cultural, linguistic), which Chaudhuri crosses naturally and insightfully or traces and surveys with characteristic understanding, even when unwilling to overstep or question them, as in the case of the genteel, slightly patronizing, and occasionally petty excursus on domestic help.
Of special note is Wood's painstaking attention to a heretofore neglected excursus on geometry from unpublished lectures Fichte delivered in Erlangen in 1805, in which Fichte offers his most thorough account of geometry's fundamental character and relationship to transcendental philosophy; Wood provides his own translation of all fourteen pages of this excursus in an appendix, which is by itself a considerable contribution to the scholarship.