train of thought


Also found in: Thesaurus, Legal, Acronyms, Idioms, Wikipedia.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.train of thought - the connections that link the various parts of an event or argument togethertrain of thought - the connections that link the various parts of an event or argument together; "I couldn't follow his train of thought"; "he lost the thread of his argument"
cerebration, intellection, mentation, thinking, thought process, thought - the process of using your mind to consider something carefully; "thinking always made him frown"; "she paused for thought"
References in classic literature ?
It was plain that she was following a train of thought independent of her sister-in-law's words.
But he had no time to continue with this train of thought, for Lawson poured out a frank recital of his affair with Ruth Chalice.
The whole train of thought did not occupy a second.
These words sank deep into my heart, stirred up sentiments within that lay slumbering, and called into existence an entirely new train of thought.
At such intervals, after a few moments of abstraction, Ralph would mutter some peevish interjection, and apply himself with renewed steadiness of purpose to the ledger before him, but again and again the same train of thought came back despite all his efforts to prevent it, confusing him in his calculations, and utterly distracting his attention from the figures over which he bent.
Worn out in mind and body alike, I was perfectly incapable of pursuing any regular train of thought.
So when I saw you throw down your paper and enter upon a train of thought, I was very happy to have the opportunity of reading it off, and eventually of breaking into it, as a proof that I had been in rapport with you.
He had a habit, Mary remarked, and she had never noticed it so clearly before, of letting his sentences tail away in a continuous murmur, whereupon he passed into a state of abstraction, presumed by his children to indicate some train of thought too profound for utterance.
She was not dwelling upon any particular train of thought.
She was subtly perturbed by it, and more than once, though she knew not why, it disrupted her train of thought with its delicious intrusion and compelled her to grope for the remainder of ideas partly uttered.
Marner's cottage had no thatch; and Dunstan's first act, after a train of thought made rapid by the stimulus of cupidity, was to go up to the bed; but while he did so, his eyes travelled eagerly over the floor, where the bricks, distinct in the fire-light, were discernible under the sprinkling of sand.
Ever since they had found the skeleton and got upon this train of thought, they had spoken lower and lower, and they had almost got to whispering by now, so that the sound of their talk hardly interrupted the silence of the wood.