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word

Definitions

  • "He could hardly find words to welcome them."
    "He could hardly find words to welcome them."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v word put into words or an expression "He formulated his concerns to the board of trustees"
    • n word a unit of language that native speakers can identify "words are the blocks from which sentences are made","he hardly said ten words all morning"
    • n Word the sacred writings of the Christian religions "he went to carry the Word to the heathen"
    • n word information about recent and important events "they awaited news of the outcome"
    • n word a secret word or phrase known only to a restricted group "he forgot the password"
    • n word a brief statement "he didn't say a word about it"
    • n word an exchange of views on some topic "we had a good discussion","we had a word or two about it"
    • n word a verbal command for action "when I give the word, charge!"
    • n word a promise "he gave his word"
    • n Word the divine word of God; the second person in the Trinity (incarnate in Jesus)
    • n word a word is a string of bits stored in computer memory "large computers use words up to 64 bits long"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

SHARP'S THE WORD SHARP'S THE WORD
Badge on Dad's Breast, With the Word 'bishop' 153 Badge on Dad's Breast, With the Word 'bishop' 153
A STORY WITHOUT WORDS A STORY WITHOUT WORDS
Tickled wuz he when word come Tickled wuz he when word come
Not one word did I hear about the Goverment that wuz in partnership with that man Not one word did I hear about the Goverment that wuz in partnership with that man
WITHOUT A WORD HE JUMPED ON TO THE BED AND GOBBLED UP THE POOR OLD LADY WITHOUT A WORD HE JUMPED ON TO THE BED AND GOBBLED UP THE POOR OLD LADY
Altercation Waxed Hot in Words--3-37-346 Altercation Waxed Hot in Words--3-37-346
De Worde's 'Sagittarius' Device De Worde's 'Sagittarius' Device

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The word Thailand means "land of the free."
    • Word A brief remark or observation; an expression; a phrase, clause, or short sentence. "All the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.""She said; but at the happy word “he lives,”
      My father stooped, re-fathered, o'er my wound."
      "There is only one other point on which I offer a word of remark."
    • Word Account; tidings; message; communication; information; -- used only in the singular. "I pray you . . . bring me word thither
      How the world goes."
    • Word Hence, the written or printed character, or combination of characters, expressing such a term; as, the words on a page.
    • Word Language considered as implying the faith or authority of the person who utters it; statement; affirmation; declaration; promise. "Obey thy parents; keep thy word justly.""I know you brave, and take you at your word .""I desire not the reader should take my word ."
    • Word Signal; order; command; direction. "Give the word through."
    • Word Talk; discourse; speech; language. "Why should calamity be full of words ?""Be thy words severe;
      Sharp as he merits, but the sword forbear."
    • Word The spoken sign of a conception or an idea; an articulate or vocal sound, or a combination of articulate and vocal sounds, uttered by the human voice, and by custom expressing an idea or ideas; a single component part of human speech or language; a constituent part of a sentence; a term; a vocable. "A glutton of words .""You cram these words into mine ears, against
      The stomach of my sense."
      "Amongst men who confound their ideas with words, there must be endless disputes."
    • Word To express in words; to phrase. "The apology for the king is the same, but worded with greater deference to that great prince."
    • Word To flatter with words; to cajole.
    • Word To ply with words; also, to cause to be by the use of a word or words.
    • v. i Word To use words, as in discussion; to argue; to dispute.
    • Word Verbal contention; dispute. "Some words there grew 'twixt Somerset and me."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The word Cotton originates from the Arabic word "Qutun."
    • n word A sound, or combination of sounds, used in any language as the sign of a conception, or of a conception together with its grammatical relations; the smallest bit of human language forming a grammatical part of speech; a vocable; a term. A word may be any part of speech, as verb, noun, particle, etc.; it may be radical, as love, or derivative, as lover, lovely, loveliness, or an inflected form, as loves, loved; it may be simple, or compound, as love-sick. Anything is a word that can be used as an individual member of a sentence, and that is not separable into parts usable independently and coördinatcly in making a sentence. A word is a spoken sign that has arrived at its value as used in any language by a series of historical changes, and that holds its value by virtue of usage, being exposed to such further changes, of form and of meaning, as usage may prescribe. The conception involved in a word may be of any grade, from the simplest, as one, to the most derived and complicated, as political, and the grammatical relations involved may also be of any degree, from true to untruthfulness, or from (Latin) ama to amabitur.
    • n word The letter or letters or other characters, written or printed, which represent such a vocable: as, a word misprinted.
    • n word Speech; talk; discourse; conversation: commonly in the plural.
    • n word Saying; remark; expression: as, a word of comfort or sympathy; a word of reproach.
    • n word A symbol of thought, as distinguished from thought itself; sound as opposed to sense.
    • n word Intelligence; information; tidings; report: without an article, and used only as a singular: as, to send word of one's arrival.
    • n word An expression of will or decision; an injunction; command; order.
    • n word A password; a watchword; a war-cry; a signal, or term of recognition, even when consisting of several words.
    • n word A brief or pithy remark or saying; a proverb; a motto.
    • n word Affirmation; promise; obligation; good faith; a term or phrase implying or containing an assertion, declaration, assurance, or the like, which involves the faith or honor of the utterer of it: with a possessive: as, I pledge you my word; on my word, sir.
    • n word Utterances or terms interchanged expressive of anger, contention, or reproach: in the plural, and often qualified by high, hot, hard, sharp, or the like.
    • n word In theology:
    • n word [capitalized] The Son of God; God as manifested to man: same as Logos.
    • n word [cap. or lowercase] The Holy Scripture, or a part of Scripture: as, the Word of God, or God's Word.
    • n word Hot, angry, or reproachful words. See def. 11, and the quotation there from Tennyson.
    • n word =Syn.1. Phrase, etc. See term.
    • word To express in words; phrase.
    • word To ply with or overpower by words; talk.
    • word To flatter; cajole.
    • word To make or unmake by a word or command.
    • word To speak; talk; converse; discourse.
    • n word An erroneous form of ord.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Another word for hiccups is "singultus."
    • n Word wurd an oral or written sign expressing an idea or notion: talk, discourse: signal or sign: message: promise: declaration: a pass-word, a watch-word, a war-cry: the Holy Scripture, or a part of it:
    • v.t Word to express in words:
    • v.i Word to speak, talk
    • n Word wurd (pl.) verbal contention
    • v.t Word (Shak.) to flatter
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Quotations

  • African Proverb
    African Proverb
    “When deeds speak, words are nothing.”
  • Carolyn Wells
    Carolyn Wells
    “Actions lie louder than words.”
  • William Shakespeare
    William%20Shakespeare
    “Words pay no debts.”
  • Kris Kristofferson
    Kris Kristofferson
    “Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose.”
  • Howard W. Newton
    Howard W. Newton
    “Little words hurt big ideas.”
  • Blaise Pascal
    Blaise%20Pascal
    “Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish much.”

Idioms

A picture is worth a thousand words - A picture can often get a message across much better than the best verbal description.
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Actions speak louder than words - This idiom means that what people actually do is more important than what they say- people can promise things but then fail to deliver.
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By word of mouth - If something becomes known by word of mouth, it gets known by being talked about rather than through publicity or advertising, etc.
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Can't get a word in edgeways - If you can't get a word in edgeways, you don't have the chance to say anything because the person you are with is is talking all the time.
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Eat your words - If you eat your words, you accept publicly that you were wrong about something you said.
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Famous last words - This expression is used as a way of showing disbelief, rejection or self-deprecation.'They said we had no chance of winning- famous last words!'
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Fine words butter no parsnips - This idiom means that it's easy to talk, but talk is not action.
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From the word go - From the word go means from the very beginning of something.
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In so many words - This phrase may be used to mean 'approximately' or 'more or less'. I think it may have a sarcastic connotation in that the individual listening needed 'so many words' to get the point. It also may suggest the effort on the part of the speaker to explain an unpleasant truth or difficult concept.
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Man of his word - A man of his word is a person who does what he says and keeps his promises.
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Mark my words - Mark my words is an expression used to lend an air of seriousness to what the speaker is about to say when talking about the future. You often hear drunks say it before they deliver some particularly spurious nonsense.
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Mince words - If people mince words, or mince their words, they don't say what they really mean clearly.
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Mum's the word - When people use this idiom, they mean that you should keep quiet about something and not tell other people.
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Spread the word - If you spread the word about something, you let as many people know about it as you can.
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War of words - A war of words is a bitter argument between people or organisations, etc.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. word,; akin to OFries. & OS. word, D. woord, G. wort, Icel. orð, Sw. & Dan. ord, Goth. waúrd, OPruss. wirds, Lith. vardas, a name, L. verbum, a word; or perhaps to Gr. "rh`twr an orator. Cf. Verb

Usage

In literature:

So it is with words, above all with words of science and theology.
"English Past and Present" by Richard Chevenix Trench
As in all his letters, the Apostle follows the natural instinct of making his last words loving words.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
Word by word she repeated to herself, "pardons," "justifies," "sanctifies," "saves.
"Christie Redfern's Troubles" by Margaret Robertson
Arrangements of words palaver with arrangements of words.
"Erik Dorn" by Ben Hecht
She had not said a word to him; not a word of love or a word of assent; but no such word was now necessary.
"Orley Farm" by Anthony Trollope
I wonder if this word "dogs" was my Saviour's word, or had He picked it up from the disciples that He might cast it away again for ever?
"My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year" by John Henry Jowett
I take back the ill-sounding word, with the remark, though, that cynicism seems to me a word invented by hypocrites.
"Chance" by Joseph Conrad
The form of a word is often affected by association with some other word with which it is instinctively coupled.
"The Romance of Words (4th ed.)" by Ernest Weekley
The Apostle is not thinking so much of words as of deeds, though words are not to be withheld when needful.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
But the only words of which he was conscious for long were the words of an inner dialogue.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
She knew that her words would be sympathetic and encouraging, but that it must end in words as far as she was concerned.
"Allison Bain" by Margaret Murray Robertson
I'll do that with a single word!
"The Flag of Distress" by Mayne Reid
The poets have only words, and our ears have grown tired of words, words, words.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
Even now her words cut me like a knife.
"The Day of Judgment" by Joseph Hocking
The oration you delivered in chapel, the last rhetorical before the holidays, is almost word for word like the original.
"Elizabeth Hobart at Exeter Hall" by Jean K. Baird
Words of welcome, and words of woe!
"The Wild Huntress" by Mayne Reid
You say, "The Word I hear is the true Word of God," and I as a preacher prove and declare the very same thing.
"Epistle Sermons, Vol. III" by Martin Luther
The word "Cafe" on a corner building caught her eye.
"The Missourian" by Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
She'll tell yer just the same like me, word in and word out.
"When Ghost Meets Ghost" by William Frend De Morgan
Let us both agree to take her at her word, and let us both be present when that word is spoken.
"Lady Anna" by Anthony Trollope
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In poetry:

can I say to
you-words, words
as if all
worlds were there.
"A Token" by Robert Creeley
Although they are
only breath, words
which I command
are immortal
"Words" by Sappho
Have ye any words
That are like to ours?
Have ye any birds?
Have ye any flowers?
"Quiet Dead!" by George MacDonald
"For ever with the Lord!"
Amen, so let it be;
Life from the dead is in that word,
'Tis immortality.
"For ever with the Lord!" by James Montgomery
And then you came. Words rose,
A fury filled you—
God left me for an hour—
We fought. I killed you.
"The Brothers" by Ethel Clifford
Oh, never a word of the cruel wrang,
That has faded your cheek and dimmed your ee;
And never a word of the fause, fause lord,—
Only a smile and a kiss for me.
"Ailsie, My Bairn" by Eugene Field

In news:

Is using "safe word" as a safe word laughable .
A quick study of the Bible reveals the hypocrisy of conservative Christians, who claim to follow the good book word for word.
" One might, if one wished, read the word "psyche" for the word "soul.
' Wordles generate 'word clouds' from text, giving greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the responses.
David Rose never heard a word of spoken English in his brief life, but he had a way with words.
Who needs word-of-mouth screenings or critics when you can sell the four-word pitch as written on a napkin.
Sometimes you can learn more from a few simple words that have meaning than you can from a litany of words that speak too much.
Be careful of your words for your words become your actions.
One word and one word only for this live-clip deuce from Austin's Scorpion Child.
A Daily Word from the Word for Friday, October 5, 2012.
Dragon 12 automatically detects word, phrase and format corrections, while Smart Format Rules technology adapts to the way users prefer to format their words.
There is a word that best describes Jacquie Colligan and that word is polyphiloprogenitive.
My first draft of that article was almost 800 words, however, since letters to the editor have to be 400 words or less I had to downsize.
Geraldo Rivera, who has never been for a loss of words over the course of his long television career, had some pointed words about the Trayvon Martin shooting on Friday morning.
For me the word purse is usually proceeded by the words "could you watch my".
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In science:

Proposition 3.14 Given a braid word w when the algorithm returns true, the result q is the conjugacy word for which q−1wq = ck .
Identifying Half-Twists Using Randomized Algorithm Methods
To reflect this fact, we set the contour word x y−1 of D to be the empty word, ε.
An algorithm to generate exactly once every tiling with lozenges of a domain
By definition, in+1 = +1 for b and d, which are words finishing by Q and in+1 = −1 for a and c which are words finishing by P .
Coassociative grammar, periodic orbits and quantum random walk over Z
Two word are freely equal if their reduced forms coincide. A set of words (or relations) is called symmetrized if along with every word W it contains all cyclic shifts of W and W −1 .
Diagrams with Selection and Method for Constructing Boundedly Generated and Boundedly Simple Groups
This word has the form (W1 (A, B ), W2(A, B )) where W1, W2 are bounded words in A and B that do not commute as words in the free group.
Uniform independence in linear groups
Let w be the word given by concatenating all the words xi and all the words yi .
Homotopy invariants of Gauss phrases
Two Gauss words are isomorphic if there is a bijection between the sets of letters in the Gauss words, which transforms one Gauss word into the other.
Homotopy invariants of Gauss words
A Gauss word on an alphabet A is a word on A such that every letter in A appears in the word exactly twice.
Homotopy invariants of Gauss words
As the covering of a Gauss word is itself a Gauss word, we can repeatedly take coverings to form an infinite sequence of Gauss words.
Homotopy invariants of Gauss words
Notice, that avoiding just the GPs 231 and 132 gives 2n−1 permutations of length n (), and the structure of such permutations is a decreasing word followed by an increasing word (1 is staying between the words and it is assumed to belong to both of them).
Place-difference-value patterns: A generalization of generalized permutation and word patterns
These orderings give rise to special words in F called Lyndon words, and every word has a canonical factorization as a non-increasing product of Lyndon words.
Degenerate Affine Hecke-Clifford Algebras and Type $Q$ Lie Superalgebras
Bases for W are parameterized by certain words called good words. A good word is a nonincreasing product of good Lyndon word which have been studied in [26, 37, 38, 39].
Degenerate Affine Hecke-Clifford Algebras and Type $Q$ Lie Superalgebras
Let G denote the set of good words, L the set of Lyndon words, and GL = L ∩ G ⊂ G the set of good Lyndon words.
Degenerate Affine Hecke-Clifford Algebras and Type $Q$ Lie Superalgebras
Second, for any word w of length ˆL in the language of Ared, if we substitute each letter ˆs ∈ w with the corresponding word over the alphabet S, we obtain a reduced word of length B ˆL over S .
No-splitting property and boundaries of random groups
Moreover, we do not have a guarantee that for a given word of length B ( ˆL − 1) in LA, we can extend this word to any word of length B ˆL in LA, which is cyclically reduced.
No-splitting property and boundaries of random groups
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