Webster 1913 Edition
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
discussus, p. p. of
discutereto strike asunder (hence came the sense
to separate mentally,
quatereto shake, strike. See
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.
This usage is preserved only in the word
Many arts were used to
discussthe beginnings of new affection.
Sir H. Wotton.
A pomade . . . of virtue to
To shake; to put away; to finish.
All regard of shame she had
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
discusseda cold fowl that we had brought with us.
Sir S. Baker.
Syn. – To
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.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.To disperse; to scatter; to dissolve; to repel; as, to discuss a tumor; a medical use of the word.
2.To debate; to agitate by argument; to clear of objections and difficulties, with a view to find or illustrate truth; to sift; to examine by disputation; to ventilate; to reason on, for the purpose of separating truth from falsehood. We discuss a subject, a point, a problem, a question, the propriety, expedience or justice of a measure, &c.
3.To break in pieces. [The primary sense, but not used.]
4.To shake off. [Not in use.]