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Definitions of speech

  1. words making up the dialogue of a play; " the actor forgot his lines"
  2. the act of delivering a formal spoken communication to an audience; " he listened to an address on minor Roman poets"
  3. your characteristic style or manner of expressing yourself orally; " his manner of speaking was quite abrupt"; " her speech was barren of southernisms"; " I detected a slight accent in his speech"
  4. 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"
  5. the mental faculty or power of vocal communication; " language sets homo sapiens apart from all other animals"
  6. a lengthy rebuke; " a good lecture was my father's idea of discipline"; " the teacher gave him a talking to"
  7. something spoken; " he could hear them uttering merry speeches"
  8. the exchange of spoken words; " they were perfectly comfortable together without speech"
  9. words making up the dialogue of a play; " the actor forgot his speech"
  10. ( language) communication by word of mouth; " his speech was garbled"; " he uttered harsh language"; " he recorded the spoken language of the streets"
  11. The faculty of uttering articulate sounds or words; the faculty of expressing thoughts by words or articulate sounds; the power of speaking.
  12. he act of speaking; that which is spoken; words, as expressing ideas; language; conversation.
  13. Talk; mention; common saying.
  14. formal discourse in public; oration; harangue.
  15. ny declaration of thoughts.
  16. To make a speech; to harangue.
  17. The power of uttering articulate sounds or words; expression of thought in words; that which is spoken; conversation; a language or dialect; as, Italian is a musical speech; formal discourse in public, or the published report of it; as, to make a speech; oration.
  18. That which is spoken: language: the power of speaking: oration: any declaration of thoughts: mention.
  19. The power of speaking; a public address; discourse.
  20. A language.
  21. The faculty of uttering articulate sounds or words; language; that which is spoken; formal discourse in public; an oration.
  22. The expression of thoughts by words or articulate sounds; language; an oration; a formal discourse.
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Usage examples for speech

  1. Duclos, during this speech, shook his head. – The Memoirs of Louis XV. and XVI., Volume 2 Being Secret Memoirs of Madame du Hausset, Lady's Maid to Madame de Pompadour, and of an Unknown English Girl and The Princess Lamballe by Madame du Hausset, and of an Unknown English Girl and the Princess Lamballe
  2. " Well, Penfield," said the colonel, " a- what did you think of my speech to- day?" – The Flag by Homer Greene
  3. That will be another experience, but, as it comes after my speech, I am not even thinking of it." – The Desired Woman by Will N. Harben
  4. I said my set little speech: Dr. Santly, I want to tell you again how grateful I am for this. – The Hated by Frederik Pohl
  5. They'll be calling for a speech the next thing. – Entire PG Edition of The Works of William Dean Howells by William Dean Howells
  6. In an instant Rainey caught the object of Lund's speech- making. – A Man to His Mate by J. Allan Dunn
  7. I'm afraid I must ask for an explanation of this peculiar manner of speech. – The Everlasting Arms by Joseph Hocking
  8. Upon the very morning she made this speech I saw again our friend of the sixth floor. – Esmeralda by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  9. Had she been almost any other girl, she would have seen nothing to deny in her companion's last speech. – The Red Cross Girls with the Russian Army by Margaret Vandercook
  10. She brought him a white lamb as a birthday present, and made him some sort of a speech besides; but what it was all about nobody could tell, she spoke so low. – A Hungarian Nabob by Maurus Jókai
  11. What of these things can speech picture? – Prometheus Bound and Seven Against Thebes by Aeschylus
  12. " How did you like my speech? – Botchan (Master Darling) by Mr. Kin-nosuke Natsume, trans. by Yasotaro Morri
  13. Patty returned his look, and she wondered to herself why she wasn't angry with him for making such a speech. – Patty's Success by Carolyn Wells
  14. She went very white during that speech and tears came up into her eyes. – Mary Wollaston by Henry Kitchell Webster
  15. Mrs. Wood was silent for a little while after she made this long speech, and Miss Laura said nothing. – Beautiful Joe by Marshall Saunders
  16. Did you like my speech this morning? – Ellen Middleton--A Tale by Georgiana Fullerton
  17. Lord Coningsby got up and made a clever little set speech. – A History of the Four Georges, Volume I (of 4) by Justin McCarthy
  18. That, we have seen, is only a figure of speech. – The Keeper of the Door by Ethel M. Dell
  19. Do you reckon I could have speech with him? – Judith of the Cumberlands by Alice MacGowan
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