What does train of thought mean?

Definitions for train of thought

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word train of thought.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. 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"


  1. train of thought(Noun)

    The flow of thinking.


  1. 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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of train of thought in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of train of thought in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Robin Leach:

    When I interview people, and they give me an immediate answer, they're often not thinking. So I'm silent. I wait. Because they think they have to keep answering. And it's the second train of thought that's the better answer.

  2. Laurence J. Peter:

    Real, constructive mental power lies in the creative thought that shapes your destiny, and your hour-by-hour mental conduct produces power for change in your life. Develop a train of thought on which to ride. The nobility of your life as well as your happiness depends upon the direction in which that train of thought is going.

Images & Illustrations of train of thought

  1. train of thoughttrain of thoughttrain of thought

Translations for train of thought

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for train of thought »


Find a translation for the train of thought definition in other languages:

Select another language:

Discuss these train of thought definitions with the community:

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:     


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"train of thought." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2018. Web. 23 Feb. 2018. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/train of thought>.

Are we missing a good definition for train of thought? Don't keep it to yourself...

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for train of thought:

Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.