[kon-ver-sey-shuh n] /ˌkɒn vərˈseɪ ʃən/
informal interchange of thoughts, information, etc., by spoken words; oral communication between persons; talk; colloquy.
an instance of this.
association or social intercourse; intimate acquaintance.
the ability to talk socially with others:
She writes well but has no conversation.
the interchange through speech of information, ideas, etc; spoken communication
make conversation, to talk in an artificial way
mid-14c., “living together, having dealings with others,” also “manner of conducting oneself in the world;” from Old French conversation, from Latin conversationem (nominative conversatio) “act of living with,” noun of action from past participle stem of conversari “to live with, keep company with,” literally “turn about with,” from Latin com- “with” (see com-) + vertare, frequentative of vertere (see versus).
Specific sense of “talk” is 1570s. Used as a synonym for “sexual intercourse” from at least 1511, hence criminal conversation, legal term for adultery from late 18c. Related: Conversationalist; conversationist.
generally the goings out and in of social intercourse (Eph. 2:3; 4:22; R.V., “manner of life”); one’s deportment or course of life. This word is never used in Scripture in the sense of verbal communication from one to another (Ps. 50:23; Heb. 13:5). In Phil. 1:27 and 3:20, a different Greek word is used. It there means one’s relations to a community as a citizen, i.e., citizenship.
In addition to the idiom beginning with conversation
[kon-ver-sey-shuh-nl] /ˌkɒn vərˈseɪ ʃə nl/ adjective 1. of, relating to, or characteristic of : a conversational tone of voice. 2. able or ready to ; given to . /ˌkɒnvəˈseɪʃənəl/ adjective 1. of, using, or in the manner of conversation 2. inclined to or skilled in conversation; conversable adj. 1779, from conversation + -al (1).
noun, Philosophy, Linguistics. 1. an inference that can be drawn from an utterance, as from one that is seemingly illogical or irrelevant, by examining the degree to which it conforms to the canons of normal conversation and the way it functions pragmatically within the situation, as when “The phone is ringing,” said in a situation […]
[kon-ver-sey-shuh-nl-ist] /ˌkɒn vərˈseɪ ʃə nl ɪst/ noun 1. a person who enjoys and contributes to good ; an interesting person in . /ˌkɒnvəˈseɪʃənəlɪst/ noun 1. a person who enjoys or excels in conversation
- Conversational lisp
language (CLISP) A mixed English-like, ALGOL-like surface syntax for Interlisp. [“CLISP: Conversational LISP”, W. Teitelman, in Proc Third Intl Joint Conf on AI, Stanford, Aug 1973, pp.686-690]. (1994-11-01)