Definitions for train of thought
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train of thought, thread(noun)
the connections that link the various parts of an event or argument together
"I couldn't follow his train of thought"; "he lost the thread of his argument"
train of thought(Noun)
The flow of thinking.
Train of thought
The train of thought, stream of thought', chain of thought or trail of thought refers to the interconnection in the sequence of ideas expressed during a connected discourse or thought, as well as the sequence itself, especially in discussion how this sequence leads from one idea to another. When a reader or listener "loses the train of thought", comprehension is lost of the expressed or unexpressed thought. The term "train of thoughts" was introduced and elaborated as early as in 1651 by Thomas Hobbes in his Leviathan, though with a somewhat different meaning: By Consequence, or train of thoughts, I understand that succession of one thought to another which is called, to distinguish it from discourse in words, mental discourse. When a man thinketh on anything whatsoever, his next thought after is not altogether so casual as it seems to be. Not every thought to every thought succeeds indifferently. — Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan, The First Part: Of Man, Chapter III: Of the Consequence or Train of Imagination
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