Definitions for desultoryˈdɛs əlˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i
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des•ul•to•ryˈdɛs əlˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i(adj.)
lacking in consistency, method, purpose, or visible order; disconnected:
digressing from or unconnected with the main subject:
a desultory remark.
Origin of desultory:
1575–85; < L dēsultōrius pertaining to a dēsultor (a circus rider who jumps from one horse to another), der. of dēsul-, var. s. of dēsilīre to jump down
marked by lack of definite plan or regularity or purpose; jumping from one thing to another
"desultory thoughts"; "the desultory conversation characteristic of cocktail parties"
Jumping, or passing, from one thing or subject to another, without order or rational connection; without logical sequence; disconnected; immethodical; aimless.
Out of course; by the way; as a digression; not connected with the subject.
Disappointing in performance or progress.
Leaping, skipping or flitting about, generally in a random or unsteady manner.
Origin: From desultorius, from desultor, from desilio, from de + salio
leaping or skipping about
jumping, or passing, from one thing or subject to another, without order or rational connection; without logical sequence; disconnected; immethodical; aimless; as, desultory minds
out of course; by the way; as a digression; not connected with the subject; as, a desultory remark
Desultory was part of the first wave of Swedish death metal bands, alongside Entombed, Dismember, and others. Into Eternity, their Metal Blade debut following a lesser-known EP release, is standard for the genre, energetic and forceful, straddling the line between the more brutal American death style and the melodic Gothenburg variety. Though not groundbreaking, it was considered a fine album by fans. By most accounts, their followup, Bitterness, is more of the same, but 1996's Swallow the Snake takes quite a different approach, dropping the death vocals, for a more heavy rock sound likened by some to Soundgarden. Having been dropped by Metal Blade, they disappeared, but the three members from the Snake album recruited a new fourth member and, continuing the progression from that last album, continued on as the rock act Zebulon, releasing one EP and 2 LPs.
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