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dialogue

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[dahy-uh-lawg, -log] /ˈdaɪ əˌlɔg, -ˌlɒg/
noun
1.
conversation between two or more persons.
2.
the conversation between characters in a novel, drama, etc.
3.
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.
4.
a literary work in the form of a conversation:
a dialogue of Plato.
verb (used without object), dialogued, dialoguing.
5.
to carry on a dialogue; converse.
6.
to discuss areas of disagreement frankly in order to resolve them.
verb (used with object), dialogued, dialoguing.
7.
to put into the form of a dialogue.
Origin of dialogue
1175-1225
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
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dialogue

/ˈdaɪəˌlɒɡ/
noun
1.
conversation between two or more people
2.
an exchange of opinions on a particular subject; discussion
3.
the lines spoken by characters in drama or fiction
4.
a particular passage of conversation in a literary or dramatic work
5.
a literary composition in the form of a dialogue
6.
a political discussion between representatives of two nations or groups
verb (rare)
7.
(transitive) to put into the form of a dialogue
8.
(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.

dialogue

n.

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).

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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].

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