from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Capable of speech.
  • adjective Involving speaking or talking.
  • adjective Expressive or telling; eloquent.
  • adjective True to life; lifelike.
  • idiom (on speaking terms) Friendly enough to exchange superficial remarks.
  • idiom (on speaking terms) Ready and willing to communicate; not alienated or estranged.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Adapted to inform or impress as if by speech; forcibly expressive or suggestive; animated or vivid in appearance: as, a speaking likeness; speaking gestures.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Uttering speech; used for conveying speech
  • adjective Seeming to be capable of speech; hence, lifelike.
  • adjective a slight acquaintance with a person, or one which merely permits the exchange of salutations and remarks on indifferent subjects.
  • adjective an instrument somewhat resembling a trumpet, by which the sound of the human voice may be so intensified as to be conveyed to a great distance.
  • adjective a tube for conveying speech, especially from one room to another at a distance.
  • adjective to be slightly acquainted.
  • noun The act of uttering words.
  • noun Public declamation; oratory.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Used in speaking.
  • adjective Expressive; eloquent.
  • adjective Involving speaking.
  • adjective Having the ability of speech.
  • noun One's ability to communicate vocally in a given language.
  • noun The act of communicating vocally.
  • noun An oral recitation of e.g. a story.
  • verb Present participle of speak.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective capable of or involving speech or speaking
  • noun the utterance of intelligible speech
  • noun delivering an address to a public audience


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  • "That is what we call speaking with sound reason," said Nero.

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  • "Very good," said Pompadour, "that is what I call speaking; and if you want any one to give you a helping hand, my dear chevalier, count on me."

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  • Who turned to abolitionism and made her name speaking out against slavery, together with the movement’s major figure, Frederick Douglass.

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  • Who turned to abolitionism and made her name speaking out against slavery, together with the movement’s major figure, Frederick Douglass.

    American Connections


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