language Meaning, Definition & Usage
noun a systematic means of communicating by the use of sounds or conventional symbols
- he taught foreign languages
- the language introduced is standard throughout the text
- the speed with which a program can be executed depends on the language in which it is written
noun (language) communication by word of mouth
oral communication; spoken language; voice communication; speech communication; speech; spoken communication.
- his speech was garbled
- he uttered harsh language
- he recorded the spoken language of the streets
noun the text of a popular song or musical-comedy number
- his compositions always started with the lyrics
- he wrote both words and music
- the song uses colloquial language
noun the cognitive processes involved in producing and understanding linguistic communication
- he didn't have the language to express his feelings
noun the mental faculty or power of vocal communication
- language sets homo sapiens apart from all other animals
noun a system of words used to name things in a particular discipline
- legal terminology
- biological nomenclature
- the language of sociology
Any means of conveying or communicating ideas; specifically, human speech; the expression of ideas by the voice; sounds, expressive of thought, articulated by the organs of the throat and mouth. ✍ Language consists in the oral utterance of sounds which usage has made the representatives of ideas. When two or more persons customarily annex the same sounds to the same ideas, the expression of these sounds by one person communicates his ideas to another. This is the primary sense of language, the use of which is to communicate the thoughts of one person to another through the organs of hearing. Articulate sounds are represented to the eye by letters, marks, or characters, which form words.
The expression of ideas by writing, or any other instrumentality.
The forms of speech, or the methods of expressing ideas, peculiar to a particular nation.
The characteristic mode of arranging words, peculiar to an individual speaker or writer; manner of expression; style.
Others for language all their care express. Pope.
The inarticulate sounds by which animals inferior to man express their feelings or their wants.
The suggestion, by objects, actions, or conditions, of ideas associated therewith; as, the. languageof flowers
There was . . . language in their very gesture. Shak.
The vocabulary and phraseology belonging to an art or department of knowledge; as, medical language; the languageof chemistry or theology.
A race, as distinguished by its speech.R.
All the people, the nations, and the languages, fell down and worshiped the golden image. Dan. iii. 7.
Syn. -- Speech; tongue; idiom; dialect; phraseology; diction; discourse; conversation; talk. -- Language, Speech, Tongue, Idiom, Dialect. Language is generic, denoting, in its most extended use, any mode of conveying ideas; speech is the language of articulate sounds; tongue is the Anglo-Saxon tern for language, esp. for spoken language; as, the English tongue. Idiom denotes the forms of construction peculiar to a particular language; dialects are varieties if expression which spring up in different parts of a country among people speaking substantially the same language.
Lan"guage transitive verb
To communicate by language; to express in language.
Others were languaged in such doubtful expressions that they have a double sense. Fuller.
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