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Definitions of language

  1. communication by word of mouth; " his speech was slurred"; " the telephone greatly increased the range of speech communication"; " he uttered harsh language"; " he recorded the spoken language of the streets"
  2. the mental faculty or power of vocal communication; " language sets homo sapiens apart from all other animals"
  3. the cognitive processes involved in producing and understanding linguistic communication; " he didn't have the language to express his feelings"
  4. a systematic means of communicating by the use of sounds or conventional symbols; " he taught foreign languages"; " the language introduced is standard throughout the text"; " the speed with which a program can be executed depends on the language in which it is written"
  5. a system of words used in a particular discipline; " legal terminology"; " the language of sociology"
  6. the text of a popular song or musical- comedy number; " his compositions always started with the lyrics"; " he wrote both words and music"; " the song uses colloquial language"
  7. ( language) communication by word of mouth; " his speech was garbled"; " he uttered harsh language"; " he recorded the spoken language of the streets"
  8. Any means of conveying or communicating ideas; specifically, human speech; the expression of ideas by the voice; sounds, expressive of thought, articulated by the organs of the throat and mouth.
  9. The expression of ideas by writing, or any other instrumentality.
  10. The forms of speech, or the methods of expressing ideas, peculiar to a particular nation.
  11. The characteristic mode of arranging words, peculiar to an individual speaker or writer; manner of expression; style.
  12. The inarticulate sounds by which animals inferior to man express their feelings or their wants.
  13. The suggestion, by objects, actions, or conditions, of ideas associated therewith; as, the language of flowers.
  14. The vocabulary and phraseology belonging to an art or department of knowledge; as, medical language; the language of chemistry or theology.
  15. A race, as distinguished by its speech.
  16. To communicate by language; to express in language.
  17. A verbal or nonverbal means of communicating ideas or feelings.
  18. Human speech, spoken or written; the speech of one nation or race as distinguished from that of another; as, the French language; style or expression peculiar to an individual, or to something written or spoken.
  19. That which is spoken by the tongue: human speech: speech peculiar to a nation: style or expression peculiar to an individual: diction: any manner of expressing thought.
  20. Human speech; tongue; style or expression.
  21. The expression of ideas by words; speech.
  22. The words in use among any people; a tongue.
  23. The expression of Ideas by words of articulate sounds; the speech or expression of ideas peculiar to a particular nation or to a particular subject; any manner of expression. Language- master, one whose profession is to teach languages.
  24. The expression of ideas by means of words; human speech; style or manner of expression; the speech peculiar to a nation.
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Usage examples for language

  1. When you get up there, I don't know what miles mean, no more than if you spoke another language. – Opportunities by Susan Warner
  2. But do you know what it means in plain language? – Swirling Waters by Max Rittenberg
  3. She spoke in French, so I was glad to see that her friends understood that language. – The Memoires of Casanova, Complete The Rare Unabridged London Edition Of 1894, plus An Unpublished Chapter of History, By Arthur Symons by Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  4. Written we know not by whom, we know not when, and we know not in what language. – Theological Essays by Charles Bradlaugh
  5. It was a new language, a movement- language. – The Promise of Air by Algernon Blackwood
  6. They spoke another language. – The Voyage of the Vega round Asia and Europe, Volume I and Volume II by A.E. Nordenskieold
  7. Gregoire is unable to bear suffering, just as one is unable to talk an unknown language. – The New Book Of Martyrs by Georges Duhamel
  8. With him language was a means and not an end. – The Function Of The Poet And Other Essays by James Russell Lowell
  9. Why don't you talk in a language we understand? – Under the Rose by Frederic Stewart Isham
  10. Is that the language of the bill? – History of the Thirty-Ninth Congress of the United States by Wiliam H. Barnes
  11. The two men were talking together, but Hiram could not understand what they said, for they spoke in the same foreign language that they had before used. – Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates by Howard I. Pyle
  12. But what happened was that they didn't speak either language. – Christopher and Columbus by Countess Elizabeth Von Arnim
  13. The language of chap. – Companion to the Bible by E. P. Barrows
  14. Bad luck to you, do you understand your own language? – Stories by English Authors: Ireland by Various
  15. We have enough of that sort of language from the servants and the stable- boys. – The Inner Shrine by Basil King
  16. " Such language from you! – Adventures of Bindle by Herbert George Jenkins
  17. I was beginning to understand Blacky's language. – Parisian Points of View by Ludovic Halévy Commentator: Brander Matthews
  18. They were glad to have him, because he could speak the language of the tribe. – Stories of American Life and Adventure by Edward Eggleston
  19. He has always held that language to me. – Memoir of John Lothrop Motley, Complete by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. Last Updated: February 6, 2009
  20. What's the use of both of us knowing the language? – The Complete PG Edition of The Works of Winston Churchill by Winston Churchill
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