Di*gres"sion (?), n. [L. digressio: cf. F. digression.]
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.
A turning aside from the right path; transgression; offense.
Then my digression is so vile, so base,
That it will live engraven in my face.
The elongation, or angular distance from the sun; -- said chiefly of the inferior planets.
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