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afrasian language

  • noun a large family of related languages spoken both in Asia and Africa
    Afrasian language; Afroasiatic; Afrasian; Afro-Asiatic; Hamito-Semitic.
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afroasiatic language

  • noun a large family of related languages spoken both in Asia and Africa
    Afrasian language; Afroasiatic; Afrasian; Afro-Asiatic; Hamito-Semitic.
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algebraic language

  • noun an algorithmic language having statements that resemble algebraic expressions
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algonquian language

  • noun family of North American Indian languages spoken from Labrador to South Carolina and west to the Great Plains
    Algonquian; Algonquin.
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algorithmic language

  • noun an artificial language designed to express algorithms
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altaic language

  • noun a group of related languages spoken in Asia and southeastern Europe
    Altaic.
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american language

  • noun the English language as used in the United States
    American; American English.
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american sign language

  • noun the sign language used in the United States
    ASL.
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american-indian language

  • noun any of the languages spoken by Amerindians
    Indian; American Indian; American-Indian language; Amerind.
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amerindian language

  • noun any of the languages spoken by Amerindians
    Indian; American Indian; American-Indian language; Amerind.
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Analytic language

  • a noninflectional language or one not characterized by grammatical endings.
Webster 1913

anatolian language

  • noun an extinct branch of the Indo-European family of languages known from inscriptions and important in the reconstruction of Proto-Indo European
    Anatolian.
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application-oriented language

  • noun a language whose statements resemble terminology of the user
    application-oriented language.
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arabic language

  • noun the Semitic language of the Arabs; spoken in a variety of dialects
    Arabic.
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armenian language

  • noun the Indo-European language spoken predominantly in Armenia, but also in Azerbaijan
    Armenian.
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artificial language

  • noun a language that is deliberately created for a specific purpose
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assembly language

  • noun a low-level programing language; close approximation to machine language
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athapaskan language

  • noun a group of Amerindian languages (the name coined by an American anthropologist, Edward Sapir)
    Athabascan; Athapaskan; Athabaskan; Athapascan.
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austro-asiatic language

  • noun a family of languages spoken in southern and southeastern Asia
    Austro-Asiatic; Munda-Mon-Khmer.
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austronesian language

  • noun the family of languages spoken in Australia and Formosa and Malaysia and Polynesia
    Austronesian.
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authoring language

  • noun software that can be used to develop interactive computer programs without the technically demanding task of computer programming
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baltic language

  • noun a branch of the Indo-European family of languages related to the Slavonic languages; Baltic languages have preserved many archaic features that are believed to have existed in Proto-Indo European
    Baltic.
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balto-slavic language

  • noun a family of Indo-European languages including the Slavic and Baltic languages
    Balto-Slavonic; Balto-Slavic.
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bantoid language

  • noun a family of languages widely spoken in the southern half of the African continent
    Bantu.
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body language

  • noun communication via the movements or attitudes of the body
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caddoan language

  • noun a family of North American Indian languages spoken widely in the Midwest by the Caddo
    Caddo; Caddoan.
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canaanitic language

  • noun a group of Semitic languages
    Canaanitic.
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caribbean language

  • noun the family of languages spoken by the Carib
    Carib.
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caucasian language

  • noun a number of languages spoken in the Caucasus that are unrelated to languages spoken elsewhere
    Caucasian.
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celtic language

  • noun a branch of the Indo-European languages that (judging from inscriptions and place names) was spread widely over Europe in the pre-Christian era
    Celtic.
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chadic language

  • noun a family of Afroasiatic tonal languages (mostly two tones) spoken in the regions west and south of Lake Chad in north central Africa
    Chadic; Chad.
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chukchi language

  • noun an indigenous and isolated language of unknown origin spoken by the Chukchi that is pronounced differently by men and women
    Chukchi.
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command language

  • noun a source language consisting of procedural operators that invoke functions to be executed
    command language; query language.
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computer language

  • noun a programming language designed for use on a specific class of computers
    computer language; machine language; computer-oriented language.
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computer-oriented language

  • noun a programming language designed for use on a specific class of computers
    computer language; machine language; computer-oriented language.
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contour language

  • noun a tone language that uses pitch changes
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dardic language

  • noun any of a group of Indic languages spoken in Kashmir and eastern Afghanistan and northern Pakistan
    Dardic; Dard.
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Dead language

  • noun a language that is no longer learned as a native language
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  • a language which is no longer spoken or in common use by a people, and is known only in writings, as the Hebrew, Greek, and Latin.
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dravidian language

  • noun a large family of languages spoken in south and central India and Sri Lanka
    Dravidic; Dravidian; Dravidian language.
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Dravidian languages

  • noun a large family of languages spoken in south and central India and Sri Lanka
    Dravidic; Dravidian; Dravidian language.
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  • a group of languages of Southern India, which seem to have been the idioms of the natives, before the invasion of tribes speaking Sanskrit. Of these languages, the Tamil is the most important.
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east germanic language

  • noun an extinct branch of the Germanic languages
    East Germanic.
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english language

  • noun an Indo-European language belonging to the West Germanic branch; the official language of Britain and the United States and most of the commonwealth countries
    English.
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eskimo-aleut language

  • noun the family of languages that includes Eskimo and Aleut
    Eskimo-Aleut.
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ethiopian language

  • noun the dominant and official language of Ethiopia; a Semitic language much influenced by the Cushitic language with which Amhara have been in close contact
    Amharic.
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first language

  • noun one's native language; the language learned by children and passed from one generation to the next
    first language; mother tongue.
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german language

  • noun the standard German language; developed historically from West Germanic
    German; High German.
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germanic language

  • noun a branch of the Indo-European family of languages; members that are spoken currently fall into two major groups: Scandinavian and West Germanic
    Germanic.
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hamitic language

  • noun a group of languages in northern Africa related to Semitic
    Hamitic language; Hamitic.
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Hamitic languages

  • noun a group of languages in northern Africa related to Semitic
    Hamitic language; Hamitic.
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  • the group of languages spoken mainly in the Sahara, Egypt, Galla, and Som&acir;li Land, and supposed to be allied to the Semitic.
Webster 1913

Hand language

  • the art of conversing by the hands, esp. as practiced by the deaf and dumb; dactylology.
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hellenic language

  • noun the Hellenic branch of the Indo-European family of languages
    Hellenic; Greek.
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high-level language

  • noun a problem-oriented language requiring little knowledge of the computer on which it will be run
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hmong language

  • noun a language of uncertain affiliation spoken by the Hmong
    Hmong; Miao.
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human language technology

  • noun the branch of information science that deals with natural language information
    human language technology; NLP.
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hypertext mark-up language

  • noun a set of tags and rules (conforming to SGML) for using them in developing hypertext documents
    HTML; hypertext mark-up language.
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hypertext markup language

  • noun a set of tags and rules (conforming to SGML) for using them in developing hypertext documents
    HTML; hypertext mark-up language.
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indigenous language

  • noun a language that originated in a specified place and was not brought to that place from elsewhere
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indo-european language

  • noun the family of languages that by 1000 BC were spoken throughout Europe and in parts of southwestern and southern Asia
    Indo-European; Indo-Hittite.
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indo-iranian language

  • noun the branch of the Indo-European family of languages including the Indic and Iranian language groups
    Indo-Iranian.
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Inflective language

  • (Philol.), a language like the Greek or Latin, consisting largely of stems with variable terminations or suffixes which were once independent words. English is both agglutinative, as, manlike, headache, and inflective, as, he, his, him. Cf. Agglutinative.
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iranian language

  • noun the modern Persian language spoken in Iran
    Iranian.
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iroquoian language

  • noun a family of North American Indian languages spoken by the Iroquois
    Iroquoian; Iroquois.
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italic language

  • noun a branch of the Indo-European languages of which Latin is the chief representative
    Italic language; Italic.
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Italic languages

  • noun a branch of the Indo-European languages of which Latin is the chief representative
    Italic language; Italic.
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  • the group or family of languages of ancient Italy.
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job-control language

  • noun a problem-oriented language used to describe job requirements to an operating system
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kadai language

  • noun a family of Sino-Tibetan languages spoken in southeastern Asia
    Kam-Tai; Kadai.
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khoisan language

  • noun a family of languages spoken in southern Africa
    Khoisan.
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language area

  • noun a large cortical area (in the left hemisphere in most people) containing all the centers associated with language
    language area.
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language barrier

  • noun barrier to communication resulting from speaking different languages
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language learning

  • noun learning to use a language
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language lesson

  • noun a period of instruction learning a language
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Language master

  • a teacher of languages.Obs.
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language requirement

  • noun a requirement that a student know certain languages
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language school

  • noun a school for teaching foreign languages
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language system

  • noun a system of linguistic units or elements used in a particular language
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language teaching

  • noun teaching people to speak and understand a foreign language
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language unit

  • noun one of the natural units into which linguistic messages can be analyzed
    linguistic unit.
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language zone

  • noun a large cortical area (in the left hemisphere in most people) containing all the centers associated with language
    language area.
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latinian language

  • noun the group of languages derived from Latin
    Romance; Latinian language.
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Law language

  • the language used in legal writings and forms.
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list-processing language

  • noun a flexible procedure-oriented programing language that manipulates symbols in the form of lists
    LISP.
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machine language

  • noun a programming language designed for use on a specific class of computers
    computer language; machine language; computer-oriented language.
  • noun a set of instructions coded so that the computer can use it directly without further translation
    machine code.
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machine-oriented language

  • noun a programming language designed for use on a specific class of computers
    computer language; machine language; computer-oriented language.
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maltese language

  • noun the national language of the Republic of Malta; a Semitic language derived from Arabic but with many loan words from Italian, Spanish, and Norman-French
    Maltese; Malti.
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Mandarin language

  • the spoken or colloquial language of educated people in China.
Webster 1913

maracan language

  • noun the language spoken by the Maraco
    Maraco.
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markup language

  • noun a set of symbols and rules for their use when doing a markup of a document
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maternal language

  • noun one's native language; the language learned by children and passed from one generation to the next
    first language; mother tongue.
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mayan language

  • noun a family of American Indian languages spoken by Maya
    Mayan; Maya.
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mongolic language

  • noun a family of Altaic language spoken in Mongolia
    Mongolic; Mongolian.
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multidimensional language

  • noun a programming language whose expressions are assembled in more than one dimension
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muskhogean language

  • noun a family of North American Indian languages spoken in the southeastern United States
    Muskhogean; Muskogean; Muskhogean language.
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muskogean language

  • noun a family of North American Indian languages spoken in the southeastern United States
    Muskhogean; Muskogean; Muskhogean language.
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native language

  • noun the language that a person has spoken from earliest childhood
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natural language

  • noun a human written or spoken language used by a community; opposed to e.g. a computer language
    tongue.
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natural language processing

  • noun the branch of information science that deals with natural language information
    human language technology; NLP.
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natural language processing application

  • noun an application program that deals with natural language text
    natural language processing application.
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natural language processor

  • noun an application program that deals with natural language text
    natural language processing application.
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niger-kordofanian language

  • noun the family of languages that includes most of the languages spoken in Africa south of the Sahara; the majority of them are tonal languages but there are important exceptions (e.g., Swahili or Fula)
    Niger-Kordofanian.
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nilo-saharan language

  • noun a family of East African languages spoken by Nilotic peoples from the Sahara south to Kenya and Tanzania
    Nilo-Saharan.
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nilotic language

  • noun a group of languages of East Africa belonging to the Chari-Nile group
    Nilotic.
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north germanic language

  • noun the northern family of Germanic languages that are spoken in Scandinavia and Iceland
    North Germanic language; Norse; Scandinavian; Nordic; North Germanic.
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object language

  • noun a computer language into which something written in another computer language is to be translated
    object language.
  • noun the language into which a text written in another language is to be translated
    object language.
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object-oriented programing language

  • noun (computer science) a programming language that enables the programmer to associate a set of procedures with each type of data structure
    object-oriented programing language.
    • C++ is an object-oriented programming language that is an extension of C
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object-oriented programming language

  • noun (computer science) a programming language that enables the programmer to associate a set of procedures with each type of data structure
    object-oriented programing language.
    • C++ is an object-oriented programming language that is an extension of C
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one-dimensional language

  • noun a programming language whose expressions are represented by strings of characters
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papuan language

  • noun any of the indigenous languages spoken in Papua New Guinea or New Britain or the Solomon Islands that are not Malayo-Polynesian languages
    Papuan.
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problem-oriented language

  • noun a language whose statements resemble terminology of the user
    application-oriented language.
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programing language

  • noun (computer science) a language designed for programming computers
    programing language.
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programming language

  • noun (computer science) a language designed for programming computers
    programing language.
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quechuan language

  • noun the language of the Quechua which was spoken by the Incas
    Kechua; Kechuan; Quechuan; Quechua.
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query language

  • noun a source language consisting of procedural operators that invoke functions to be executed
    command language; query language.
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register language

  • noun a tone language that uses different voice registers
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romance language

  • noun the group of languages derived from Latin
    Romance; Latinian language.
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sanskritic language

  • noun (Hinduism) an ancient language of India (the language of the Vedas and of Hinduism); an official language of India although it is now used only for religious purposes
    Sanskrit.
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scandinavian language

  • noun the northern family of Germanic languages that are spoken in Scandinavia and Iceland
    North Germanic language; Norse; Scandinavian; Nordic; North Germanic.
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sea language

Sea" lan"guage
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  1. The peculiar language or phraseology of seamen; sailor's cant.
Webster 1913

search language

  • noun a source language consisting of procedural operators that invoke functions to be executed
    command language; query language.
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Semitic language

  • a name used to designate a group of Asiatic and African languages, some living and some dead, namely: Hebrew and Ph&oe;nician, Aramaic, Assyrian, Arabic, Ethiopic (Geez and Ampharic).
Webster 1913

shoshonean language

  • noun a subfamily of Uto-Aztecan languages spoken mainly in the southwestern United States
    Shoshonean; Shoshonian; Shoshonean language.
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shoshonian language

  • noun a subfamily of Uto-Aztecan languages spoken mainly in the southwestern United States
    Shoshonean; Shoshonian; Shoshonean language.
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sign language

  • noun language expressed by visible hand gestures
    signing.
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sign-language

  • adjective satellite used of the language of the deaf
    gestural; signed; sign.
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sinitic language

  • noun a group of Sino-Tibetan languages
    Sinitic.
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sino-tibetan language

  • noun the family of tonal languages spoken in eastern Asia
    Sino-Tibetan.
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siouan language

  • noun a family of North American Indian languages spoken by the Sioux
    Siouan.
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slavic language

  • noun a branch of the Indo-European family of languages
    Slavic; Slavic language; Slavonic.
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slavonic language

  • noun a branch of the Indo-European family of languages
    Slavic; Slavic language; Slavonic.
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source language

  • noun a language that is to be translated into another language
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spoken language

  • noun (language) communication by word of mouth
    oral communication; language; voice communication; speech communication; speech; spoken communication.
    • his speech was garbled
    • he uttered harsh language
    • he recorded the spoken language of the streets
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standard generalized markup language

  • noun (computer science) a standardized language for the descriptive markup of documents; a set of rules for using whatever markup vocabulary is adopted
    SGML.
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stratified language

  • noun a language that cannot be used as its own metalanguage
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syntax language

  • noun a language used to describe the syntax of another language
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Synthetic, ∨ Synthetical language

  • an inflectional language, or one characterized by grammatical endings; opposed to analytic language. R. Morris.
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tanoan language

  • noun a family of North American Indian language spoken in southwestern United States
    Tanoan.
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target language

  • noun the language into which a text written in another language is to be translated
    object language.
  • noun a computer language into which something written in another computer language is to be translated
    object language.
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Teutonic languages

  • a group of languages forming a division of the Indo-European, or Aryan, family, and embracing the High German, Low German, Gothic, and Scandinavian dialects and languages.
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tibeto-burman language

  • noun a branch of the Sino-Tibetan family of languages spoken from Tibet to the Malay Peninsula
    Tibeto-Burman.
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tonal language

  • noun a language in which different tones distinguish different meanings
    tonal language.
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tone language

  • noun a language in which different tones distinguish different meanings
    tonal language.
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tungusic language

  • noun a family of Altaic languages spoken in Mongolia and neighboring areas
    Tungusic.
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tupi-guarani language

  • noun a family of South American Indian languages
    Tupi-Guarani.
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turkic language

  • noun a subfamily of Altaic languages
    Turko-Tatar; Turki; Turkic.
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unstratified language

  • noun a programming language that (like natural language) can be used as its own metalanguage
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uralic language

  • noun a family of Ural-Altaic languages
    Uralic.
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uto-aztecan language

  • noun a family of American Indian languages
    Uto-Aztecan.
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wakashan language

  • noun a family of North American Indian languages of British Columbia and Washington
    Wakashan.
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west germanic language

  • noun a branch of the Germanic languages
    West Germanic.
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written language

  • noun communication by means of written symbols (either printed or handwritten)
    written communication; black and white.
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