from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The faculty or act of speaking.
- n. The faculty or act of expressing or describing thoughts, feelings, or perceptions by the articulation of words.
- n. Something spoken; an utterance.
- n. Vocal communication; conversation.
- n. A talk or public address: "The best impromptu speeches are the ones written well in advance” ( Ruth Gordon).
- n. A printed copy of such an address.
- n. One's habitual manner or style of speaking.
- n. The language or dialect of a nation or region: American speech.
- n. The sounding of a musical instrument.
- n. The study of oral communication, speech sounds, and vocal physiology.
- n. Archaic Rumor.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The faculty of speech; the ability to speak or to use vocalizations to communicate.
- n. A session of speaking; a long oral message given publicly usually by one person.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The faculty of uttering articulate sounds or words; the faculty of expressing thoughts by words or articulate sounds; the power of speaking.
- n. he act of speaking; that which is spoken; words, as expressing ideas; language; conversation.
- n. A particular language, as distinct from others; a tongue; a dialect.
- n. Talk; mention; common saying.
- n. formal discourse in public; oration; harangue.
- n. ny declaration of thoughts.
- v. To make a speech; to harangue.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The faculty of uttering articulate sounds or words, as in human beings and, by imitation, in some birds; capacity for expressing thoughts by words or articulate sounds; the power of speaking, or of uttering words either in the speaking-or the singing-voice.
- n. The action or exercise of speaking; expression of thoughts or ideas with the speaking-voice; oral utterance or communication; also, an act or exercise of oral expression or communication; talk; conversation; discourse: as, a person's habit of speech; to be chary of speech; their speech was all about themselves.
- n. The words and grammatical forms in which thought is expressed; language; a language.
- n. That which is spoken; thoughts as uttered or written; a saying or remark; especially, a more or less formal address or other utterance; an oration; a harangue: as, a cutting speech in conversation; the speeches in a dialogue or a drama; to deliver a speech; a volume of speeches.
- n. A speaking or talking of something; uttered opinion, intention, etc.; oral or verbal mention; report.
- n. An occasion of speaking; course of speaking; oral communication; colloquy; conference; parlance: as, to get speech of or with a person.
- n. Manner of speaking; form or quality of that which is spoken or of spoken sounds; method of utterance, either habitual or occasional: as, his speech betrays his nationality; rapid speech; thick or harsh speech.
- n. The utterance or sounding of a musical instrument, especially of a pipe in a pipe-organ.
- n. In a wheel, the hub with the spokes, but without the fellies and tire.
- n. Synonyms Speech, Address, Harangue, Oration. Speech is generic, and applies to any form of words uttered; it is the thing spoken, without reference to its quality or the manner of speaking it. An address is a speech viewed as spoken to one or more persons, and is generally of the better sort: as, Paul's speech on Mars' Hill; his address before Felix. A harangue is a noisy speech, usually unstudied and unpolished, addressed to a large audience and in a violent manner. An oration is a formal, impressive, studied, and elaborately polished address: as, Webster was selected to deliver the oration when the corner-stone of the Bunker Hill monument was laid, and again when the monument was completed. See sermon and language.
- To make a speech; harangue.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. words making up the dialogue of a play
- n. a lengthy rebuke
- n. (language) communication by word of mouth
- n. the act of delivering a formal spoken communication to an audience
- n. your characteristic style or manner of expressing yourself orally
- n. the exchange of spoken words
- n. the mental faculty or power of vocal communication
- n. something spoken
Middle English speche, from Old English sprǣc, spǣc.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English speche, from Old English spǣċ, sprǣċ ("speech, discourse, language"), from Proto-Germanic *sprēkijō (“speech”), from Proto-Indo-European *spereg-, *spreg- (“to make a sound”). Cognate with Dutch spraak ("speech"), German Sprache ("language, speech"), Danish sprog ("language"). More at speak. (Wiktionary)