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[dahy-uh-lawg, -log] /ˈdaɪ əˌlɔg, -ˌlɒg/
conversation between two or more persons.
the conversation between characters in a novel, drama, etc.
an exchange of ideas or opinions on a particular issue, especially a political or religious issue, with a view to reaching an amicable agreement or settlement.
a literary work in the form of a conversation:
a dialogue of Plato.
verb (used without object), dialogued, dialoguing.
to carry on a dialogue; converse.
to discuss areas of disagreement frankly in order to resolve them.
verb (used with object), dialogued, dialoguing.
to put into the form of a dialogue.
Also, dialog.
Origin of dialogue
1175-1225; Middle English < Old French dïalogue, Latin dialogus < Greek diálogos. See dia-, -logue
Related forms
dialoguer, noun
self-dialog, noun
self-dialogue, noun
underdialogue, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for dialog
  • The programs still crash, and you still get a dialog box saying so.
  • It might be useful to have a public dialog about the relative merits of direct democracy versus representation.
  • We need to welcome the discussion of population into our dialog on addressing future sustainability.
  • Quotes can also be used to indicate dialog in other forms of literature.
  • dialog cannot confer this sense because words only confuse in this state.
  • The logo first appears on the boot-up splash screen, then the login dialog box.
  • Good dialog brings out the differences in viewpoint and gets at the underlying issues.
  • There can still be dialog to create understanding and mutual respect after departure.
  • They will contribute to the economy and to culture and to intelligent dialog about the world.
  • In fact, many cracked editions feature an install process that dispenses entirely with the standard setup dialog.
British Dictionary definitions for dialog


conversation between two or more people
an exchange of opinions on a particular subject; discussion
the lines spoken by characters in drama or fiction
a particular passage of conversation in a literary or dramatic work
a literary composition in the form of a dialogue
a political discussion between representatives of two nations or groups
verb (rare)
(transitive) to put into the form of a dialogue
(intransitive) to take part in a dialogue; converse
Derived Forms
dialogic (ˌdaɪəˈlɒdʒɪk) adjective
dialoguer, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French dialoge, from Latin dialogus, from Greek dialogos, from dialegesthai to converse; see dialect
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Word Origin and History for dialog

see dialogue.



early 13c., "literary work consisting of a conversation between two or more persons," from Old French dialoge, from Latin dialogus, from Greek dialogos "conversation, dialogue," related to dialogesthai "converse," from dia- "across" (see dia-) + legein "speak" (see lecture (n.)).

Sense broadened to "a conversation" c.1400. Mistaken belief that it can only mean "conversation between two persons" is from confusion of dia- and di- (1). A word for "conversation between two persons" is the hybrid duologue (1864).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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dialog in Technology

1. A commercial bibliographic database and retrieval service from DIALOG Information Services.
2. Interactive mathematics using a graphics tablet by Illinois Inst Tech, 1966.
["DIALOG: A Conversational Programming System with a Graphical Orientation", S.H. Cameron et al, CACM 10:349-357 (1967). Sammet 1969, p.255-258].

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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