One of the Austrian Generals was discoursing to the boy one day on the three greatest warriors of the world.
What you said yesterday is now known,—it is a text on which every one is discoursing.
Nothing is more usual than to see passengers in a common conveyance in Scotland discoursing with their fingers.
It was the picture of St. Remi, man, of which I have been discoursing.
Thus our original design of discoursing about the universe down to the creation of man is nearly completed.
Oh, to be well informed, discoursing at ease on every subject that a lady started!
The action is nearly null; the discoursing of the persons and of the poet endless.
He is discoursing in a high-flown vein, which may be compared to the 'dithyrambics of the Phaedrus.'
At any rate, he now rattled on like a little engine, surveying the people keenly and discoursing upon their faults.
They had boundless leisure and the faculty of discoursing, not only with one another, but with the animals.
late 14c., "process of understanding, reasoning, thought," from French discours, from Latin discursus "a running about," in Late Latin "conversation," from past participle stem of discurrere "run about," from dis- "apart" (see dis-) + currere "to run" (see current (adj.)). Sense of "formal speech or writing" is first recorded 1580s.
1540s, from discourse (n.). Related: Discoursed; discoursing.