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ˈdɛs əlˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr idesul·to·ry

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. desultoryadjective

    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"

Wiktionary

  1. desultoryadjective

    Jumping, or passing, from one thing or subject to another, without order or rational connection; without logical sequence; disconnected; immethodical; aimless.

    Etymology: From desultorius, from desultor, from desilio, from de + salio

  2. desultoryadjective

    Out of course; by the way; as a digression; not connected with the subject.

    Etymology: From desultorius, from desultor, from desilio, from de + salio

  3. desultoryadjective

    Disappointing in performance or progress.

    Etymology: From desultorius, from desultor, from desilio, from de + salio

  4. desultoryadjective

    Leaping, skipping or flitting about, generally in a random or unsteady manner.

    Etymology: From desultorius, from desultor, from desilio, from de + salio

Webster Dictionary

  1. Desultoryadjective

    leaping or skipping about

  2. Desultoryadjective

    jumping, or passing, from one thing or subject to another, without order or rational connection; without logical sequence; disconnected; immethodical; aimless; as, desultory minds

  3. Desultoryadjective

    out of course; by the way; as a digression; not connected with the subject; as, a desultory remark

Freebase

  1. Desultory

    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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Desultory

    des′ul-tor-i, adj. jumping from one thing to another: without rational or logical connection: rambling: hasty: loose.—adv. Des′ultorily.—n. Des′ultoriness. [L. desultorius, of or pertaining to a vaulter, inconstant, desultor, a vaulter, desilīre, -sultum, to leap—de, from, and salīre, to jump.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of desultory in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of desultory in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of desultory in a Sentence

  1. Seneca:

    Desultory reading is delightful, but to be beneficial, our reading must be carefully directed.

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