I adjective broken, deviating, diffuse, digressive, disarranged, disconnected, discontinuous, discursive, disjoined, disjunct, dispersed, erratic, inconsistent, inconstans, inconstant, interrupted, lacking continuity, nonrecurrent, nonuniform, rambling, random, spasmodic, uncohesive, unconnected, unmethodical, unrepeated, unsuccessive, unsystematic, varying II index broken (interrupted), casual, cursory, deviant, discursive (digressive), disjointed, disjunctive (tending to disjoin), haphazard, indirect, intermittent, random, sporadic, superficial, volatile

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  • Desultory — Des ul*to*ry, a. [L. desultorius, fr. desultor a leaper, fr. desilire, desultum, to leap down; de + salire to leap. See {Saltation}.] 1. Leaping or skipping about. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] I shot at it [a bird], but it was so desultory that I missed …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • desultory — [des′əl tôr΄ē; ] also [ dez′əl tôr΄ē] adj. [L desultorius < desultor, vaulter < desultus, pp. of desilire, to leap down < de , down, from + salire, to leap: see SALIENT] 1. passing from one thing to another in an aimless way;… …   English World dictionary

  • desultory — ► ADJECTIVE 1) lacking purpose or enthusiasm. 2) going from one thing to another erratically and intermittently: a desultory conversation. DERIVATIVES desultorily adverb. ORIGIN Latin desultorius superficial (literally relating to a vaulter ),… …   English terms dictionary

  • 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 …   Wikipedia

  • Desultory — (1997 bis 2009: Zebulon) Allgemeine Informationen Genre(s) Death Metal Gründung 1989 Aktuelle Besetzung …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • desultory — 1580s, skipping about, from L. desultorius, adj. form of desultor hasty, casual, superficial, lit. a noun meaning a rider in the circus who jumps from one horse to another while they are in gallop, from desul , stem of desilire jump down, from de …   Etymology dictionary

  • desultory — casual, hit or miss, haphazard, *random, happy go lucky, chance, chancy Analogous words: *fitful, spasmodic: unsystematic, unmethodical, disorderly (see affirmative adjectives at ORDERLY): capricious, mercurial, *inconstant, fickle Antonyms:… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • desultory — [adj] random aimless, chance, chaotic, deviating, erratic, haphazard, orderless, rambling, unmethodical, unstable, unsystematic, without purpose; concepts 535,548,557 …   New thesaurus

  • desultory — adjective Etymology: Latin desultorius, literally, of a circus rider who leaps from horse to horse, from desilire to leap down, from de + salire to leap more at sally Date: 1581 1. marked by lack of definite plan, regularity, or purpose < a… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • desultory — desultorily, adv. desultoriness, n. /des euhl tawr ee, tohr ee/, adj. 1. lacking in consistency, constancy, or visible order, disconnected; fitful: desultory conversation. 2. digressing from or unconnected with the main subject; random: a… …   Universalium

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