Di*gres"sion (?), n. [L. digressio: cf. F. digression.]

1.

The act of digressing or deviating, esp. from the main subject of a discourse; hence, a part of a discourse deviating from its main design or subject.

The digressions I can not excuse otherwise, than by the confidence that no man will read them. Sir W. Temple.

2.

A turning aside from the right path; transgression; offense.

[R.]

Then my digression is so vile, so base, That it will live engraven in my face. Shak.

3. Anat.

The elongation, or angular distance from the sun; -- said chiefly of the inferior planets.

[R.]

 

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