train of thought

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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"
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He still lay down, trying to sleep, though he felt there was not the smallest hope of it, and kept repeating stray words from some chain of thought, trying by this to check the rising flood of fresh images.
I know not by what chain of thought the idea presented itself, but it instantly darted into my mind that the murderer had come to mock at my misery and taunt me with the death of Clerval, as a new incitement for me to comply with his hellish desires.
She had got no further than this during the day; she could get no further now: the chain of thought broke.
Sometimes he pursued this chain of thought further, "I'll die and probably leave five times as much as I have now to her and who knows what she'll do with it?
Something in the voices of the men talking in the hotel office started a chain of thoughts in his mind.
'You want to distract yourself-to break whatever chain of thought is producing the stress.
The mean scores for structured and conventional viva regarding uniformity of assessment time, structuring of questions, confidence in correct judgment, decreased biases, decreased stress level, uniform coverage of topics, continuity of chain of thought, increase in thinking time and student friendliness were significantly greater for structured as compared to conventional viva.
And so, at the end of that chain of thought, paper still appears to be king.
So watch him carefully and if he is going to stalk a dog or rush at it, press a clicker or toot a whistle or do something that will distract him, break his chain of thought, then give him something he likes to play with, a chew toy or a dog biscuit and then walk away with him on leash in a different direction.
A total of 63% said they lost their chain of thought because they checked and responded to an email or social media alert while they were working on a report or longer piece of written work.
It was a worthy winner in an exhibition of wildlife photos at London's Natural History Museum and it began a chain of thought convincing me that our species ain't so special after all.