American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Communication of thoughts and feelings through a system of arbitrary signals, such as voice sounds, gestures, or written symbols.
- n. Such a system including its rules for combining its components, such as words.
- n. Such a system as used by a nation, people, or other distinct community; often contrasted with dialect.
- n. A system of signs, symbols, gestures, or rules used in communicating: the language of algebra.
- n. Computer Science A system of symbols and rules used for communication with or between computers.
- n. Body language; kinesics.
- n. The special vocabulary and usages of a scientific, professional, or other group: "his total mastery of screen language—camera placement, editing—and his handling of actors” ( Jack Kroll).
- n. A characteristic style of speech or writing: Shakespearean language.
- n. A particular manner of expression: profane language; persuasive language.
- n. The manner or means of communication between living creatures other than humans: the language of dolphins.
- n. Verbal communication as a subject of study.
- n. The wording of a legal document or statute as distinct from the spirit.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The whole body of uttered signs employed and understood by a given community as expression of its thoughts; the aggregate of words, and of methods of their combination into sentences, used in a community for communication and record and for carrying on the processes of thought: as, the English language; the Greek language. The languages of the world, each of them unintelligible to the speakers of any other, are very numerous, rather exceeding than falling short of a thousand. Of these, each individual (without reference to his race) acquires for his first language or “mother-tongue” that one which he hears used by those about him in childhood, as he may later learn some other, even to the substitution of it for his “mother-tongue” and oblivion of the latter. Many languages are related with one another—that is, there is such correspondence in their words and forms as shows them to have descended from a common ancestor, or to have reached their present form by gradual divergent alteration of the same original language, since, by the action of its speakers, every living language is undergoing constant change. A body of languages thus related is called a family or stock; and the classification of all human tongues into families is one of the most important results of the study of language. Families then are divided into subordinate divisions called groups, branches, subbranehes, or the like. Examples of families are the Aryan or Indo-European, the Semitic, and so on. (See the various names.) With reference to their relationship to a larger class, languages are also called
dialects: thus, Yorkshire and Scotch are dialects of English; English and Dutch are Low-German dialects; German, Slavonic, Celtic, etc., are Aryan dialects. (See dialect.) Languages differ not only in material, but also in regard to structure, or the apparatus of forms, connections, auxiliaries, etc., by which the modifications and relations of ideas are expressed. Some are more synthetic, some more analytic; some are isolating, or destitute of formal distinctions, whether of parts of speech or of inflections; some are agglutinative, or have words made up of parts rather loosely joined together; some have their words, or part of them, more completely integrated, to the complete disguise of their original constituents, and even, in greater or less part, the substitution of an internal change (as in sing, sang, sung, song) for an external (as in love, loved, loving, lover). This characteristic is called inflective, and is seen in highest degree in two of the families (Aryan and Semitic) mentioned above. (See agglutinate.) Languages are usually designated by an adjective formed (in -ish, -an, -ese, -ic, -ine, etc., or without any termination) from the name of the country or people (such adjective used alone, as a noun, being the particular name of the language), as English, Spanish, Scottish, Scotch, Dutch, Welsh, French, Italian, Russian, Chinese, Siamese, Gaelic, Arabic, Latin, Greek, etc.; but the name is often of other origin or formation, as Sanskrit, Prakrit.
- n. Power of expression by utterance; the capacities and impulses that lead to the production and use of languages; uttered expression; human speech considered as a whole: as, language is the peculiar possession of man.
- n. The words or expressions appropriate to or especially employed in any branch of knowledge or particular condition of life: as, the language of chemistry; the language of common life.
- n. The manner of expression, either by speech or writing; style.
- n. Hence The inarticulate sounds by which irrational animals express their feelings and wants: as, the language of birds.
- n. The expression of thought in any way, articulate or inarticulate, conventional or unconventional: as, the language of signs; the language of the eyes; the language of flowers.
- n. A people or race, as distinguished by its speech; a tribe.
- n. Now the Coptic is no more a living language, nor is it understood by any, except that some of the priests understand a little of their liturgy, tho' many of them cannot so much as read it, but get their long offices by rote.
- n. Synonyms Language, Dialect, Idiom, Diction, Vocabulary; tongue. The first five words are arranged in a descending scale. In common use it is taken for granted that the dialects under one language are enough alike to be reasonably well understood by all who are of that language, while different languages are so unlike that special study is needed to enable one to understand a language that is not his own; but this is not an essential difference. Idiom, literally a personal peculiarity, is in this connection a form of language somewhat less marked than a dialect: as, the New England idiom. Diction is often used for the set of words or vocabulary belonging to a person or class, making him or it differ in speech from others; but both this and idiom are often expressed by dialect. (See diction.) Vocabulary means the total of the words used by a person, class, etc., considered as a list or number of different words: as, he has a large vocabulary. In this respect it differs from another meaning of idiom—that is, any peculiar combination of words used by a person, community, nation, etc.
- To express in language.
- n. In organ-building, the horizontal shelf or partition of wood or metal opposite and below the mouth of a flue-pipe, by which the wind is obliged to pass through a narrow slit between it and the lower lip and to impinge upon the edge of the upper lip. The front edge of the language is usually serrated. See pipe. Also called languid.
- n. Same as languet .
- n. countable A form of communication using words either spoken or gestured with the hands and structured with grammar, often with a writing system.
- n. uncountable The ability to communicate using words.
- n. countable or uncountable Nonverbal communication.
- n. computing, countable A computer language.
- n. uncountable The vocabulary and usage used in a particular specialist field.
- n. uncountable The particular words used in speech or a passage of text.
- n. uncountable Profanity.
- n. Words, written or spoken, in a specific sequence that a person uses to describe, to a another person, the type of thoughts in their mind.
- v. To communicate by language; to express in language.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Any means of conveying or communicating ideas human speech; the expression of ideas by the voice; sounds, expressive of thought, articulated by the organs of the throat and mouth.
- n. The expression of ideas by writing, or any other instrumentality.
- n. The forms of speech, or the methods of expressing ideas, peculiar to a particular nation.
- n. The characteristic mode of arranging words, peculiar to an individual speaker or writer; manner of expression; style.
- n. The inarticulate sounds by which animals inferior to man express their feelings or their wants.
- n. The suggestion, by objects, actions, or conditions, of ideas associated therewith.
- n. The vocabulary and phraseology belonging to an art or department of knowledge
- n. rare A race, as distinguished by its speech.
- n. Any system of symbols created for the purpose of communicating ideas, emotions, commands, etc., between sentient agents.
- n. (computers) Any set of symbols and the rules for combining them which are used to specify to a computer the actions that it is to take; also referred to as a
computer lanugageor programming language.
- v. To communicate by language; to express in language.
- n. a systematic means of communicating by the use of sounds or conventional symbols
- n. the text of a popular song or musical-comedy number
- n. the cognitive processes involved in producing and understanding linguistic communication
- n. the mental faculty or power of vocal communication
- n. a system of words used to name things in a particular discipline
- n. (language) communication by word of mouth
- Middle English language, from Old French language, from Vulgar Latin *linguāticum, from Latin lingua ("tongue, speech, language"), from Old Latin *dingua (“tongue”), from Proto-Indo-European *dn̥ǵʰwéh₂s (“tongue, speech, language”). Displaced native Middle English rearde, ȝerearde ("language") (from Old English reord ("language, speech")), Middle English londspreche, londspeche ("language") (from Old English *landsprǣċ (“language, national tongue”), Old English þēod and þēodisc ("language"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French langage, from langue, tongue, language, from Latin lingua; see dn̥ghū- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“Of course it was not only in Latin that he wished to make pupils think of it as a "spoken language," for Mr. Darbishire tells us that "one of his special endeavours was to accustom his students to deal with Greek _as a spoken language_" [Footnote: It will be remembered that Francis Newman introduced the "new" pronunciation of Latin.] (as, for instance) "in reading Greek plays.”
“The fact that they had but one language furnishes reasonable proof that they were of one blood; and the historian has covered the whole question very carefully by recording the great truth that they were _one people_, and had but _one language_.”
“In truth, however, it was _not language that generated the intellect; it is the intellect that formerly invented language: and even now the new-born human being brings with him into the world far more intellect than talent for language_.”
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