Dis*cuss" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Discussed (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Discussing.] [L. discussus, p. p. of discutere to strike asunder (hence came the sense to separate mentally, distinguish); dis- + quatere to shake, strike. See Quash.]
To break to pieces; to shatter.
Sir T. Browne.
To break up; to disperse; to scatter; to dissipate; to drive away; -- said especially of tumors.
Many arts were used to discuss the beginnings of new affection.
Sir H. Wotton.
A pomade . . . of virtue to discuss pimples.
To shake; to put away; to finish.
All regard of shame she had discussed.
To examine in detail or by disputation; to reason upon by presenting favorable and adverse considerations; to debate; to sift; to investigate; to ventilate.
"We sat and . . . discussed
the farm . . . and the price of grain." Tennyson
. "To discuss
questions of taste."
To deal with, in eating or drinking.
We sat quietly down and discussed a cold fowl that we had brought with us.
Sir S. Baker.
To examine or search thoroughly; to exhaust a remedy against, as against a principal debtor before proceeding against the surety.
Syn. -- To Discuss, Examine, Debate. We speak of examining a subject when we ponder it with care, in order to discover its real state, or the truth respecting it. We speak of discussing a topic when we examine it thoroughly in its distinct parts. The word is very commonly applied to matters of opinion. We may discuss a subject without giving in an adhesion to any conclusion. We speak of debating a point when we examine it in mutual argumentation between opposing parties. In debate we contend for or against some conclusion or view.
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