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- n. The study of the tongue and its diseases.
- n. The definition and explanation of terms in constructing a glossary.
- n. The science of language; linguistics.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The definition and explanation of terms; a glossary.
- n. The science of language; comparative philology; linguistics; glottology.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The definition and explanation of terms, as of a dialect, a science, etc
- n. The science of language; universal grammar; comparative philology; glottology.
- n. Also glottology.
- n. The scientific study of the tongue and its diseases.
Mr. Wright, in editing this handsome volume, has done another service to the lovers and students of English glossology.
It is proved by physiology, by psychology, by glossology, and by civil history.
This has appeared and is proved by means of glossology, or the science of language.
_Gloze_ is from the old word _glose_, a gloss or explanation (Gr. _glossa_, the tongue): hence also glossary, glossology, etc. Trench, in his lecture on the Morality of Words, points out how often fair names are given to ugly things: it is in this way that a word which merely denoted an explanation has come to denote a false explanation, an endeavour to deceive.
Consider William Taylor's plea (in the "Annual Review and History of Literature," 1808): "We appeal to every lover of glossology in general, and of English literature in particular, for assistance to promulgate and to preserve a supplement to Johnson's Dictionary ...."