from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Capable of speech.
  • adj. Involving speaking or talking: has a speaking part in the play.
  • adj. Expressive or telling; eloquent.
  • adj. True to life; lifelike: a speaking likeness.
  • idiom on speaking terms Friendly enough to exchange superficial remarks: We're on speaking terms with the new neighbors.
  • idiom on speaking terms Ready and willing to communicate; not alienated or estranged: on speaking terms again after their quarrel.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Uttering speech; used for conveying speech
  • adj. Seeming to be capable of speech; hence, lifelike.
  • n. The act of uttering words.
  • n. Public declamation; oratory.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

  • adj. capable of or involving speech or speaking
  • n. the utterance of intelligible speech
  • n. delivering an address to a public audience


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