Webster 1913 Edition
conversacio(in senses 1 & 2), OF.
conversation, fr. L.
conversatiofrequent abode in a place, intercourse, LL. also, manner of life.]
General course of conduct; behavior.
conversationbe as it becometh the gospel.
Philip. i. 27.
Familiar intercourse; intimate fellowship or association; close acquaintance.“Conversation with the best company.”
I set down, out of long experience in business and much
conversationin books, what I thought pertinent to this business.
Commerce; intercourse; traffic.
All traffic and mutual
Colloquial discourse; oral interchange of sentiments and observations; informal dialogue.
The influence exercised by his [Johnson’s]
conversationwas altogether without a parallel.
Syn. – Intercourse; communion; commerce; familiarity; discourse; dialogue; colloquy; talk; chat.
Talk. There is a looser sense of these words, in which they are synonymous; there is a stricter sense, in which they differ. Talk is usually broken, familiar, and versatile. Conversation is more continuous and sustained, and turns ordinarily upon topics or higher interest. Children talk to their parents or to their companions; men converse together in mixed assemblies. Dr. Johnson once remarked, of an evening spent in society, that there had been a great deal of talk, but no conversation.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.General course of manners; behavior; deportment; especially as it respects morals.
Let your conversation be as becometh the gospel. Philippians 1.
Be ye holy in all manner of conversation. 1 Peter 1.
2.A keeping company; familiar intercourse; intimate fellowship or association; commerce in social life. Knowledge of men and manners is best acquired by conversation with the best company.
3.Intimate and familiar acquaintance; as a conversation with books, or other object.
4.Familiar discourse; general intercourse of sentiments; chat; unrestrained talk; opposed to a formal conference.
What I mentioned in conversation was not a new thought.
[This is now the most general use of the word.]