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divagation

[‚div·ə′gā·shən]
(hydrology)
Lateral shifting of the course of a stream caused by extensive deposition of alluvium in its bed and frequently accompanied by the development of meanders.
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Lowin's discussion often opens with notable uses of the root in the Hebrew Bible, whereupon it divagates, but with clear purpose, into occurrences in rabbinic literature, including the two Talmuds, and thence onward into proverbial expressions, occasionally compounded with Aramaic usages, and piquant expressions common in Israeli speech.
261) To this fatalism and amorous context, Villagra juxtaposes a parallel scene in which, while Gicombo divagates on love, the "caballeros de Christo valerosos" [valiant cavaliers of Christ] listen to Mass and receive the blessings of the commissar Fray Alonso (262).