Definition of Speech

1. Noun. The act of delivering a formal spoken communication to an audience. "He listened to an address on minor Roman poets"




2. Noun. (language) communication by word of mouth. "He recorded the spoken language of the streets"

3. Noun. Something spoken. "He could hear them uttering merry speeches"
Generic synonyms: Utterance, Vocalization
Derivative terms: Speak

4. Noun. The exchange of spoken words. "They were perfectly comfortable together without speech"
Generic synonyms: Speaking, Speech Production
Derivative terms: Speak

5. Noun. Your characteristic style or manner of expressing yourself orally. "I detected a slight accent in his speech"

6. Noun. A lengthy rebuke. "The teacher gave him a talking to"
Exact synonyms: Lecture, Talking To
Generic synonyms: Rebuke, Reprehension, Reprimand, Reproof, Reproval
Specialized synonyms: Preaching, Sermon, Curtain Lecture
Derivative terms: Lecture, Speechify

7. Noun. Words making up the dialogue of a play. "The actor forgot his speech"
Exact synonyms: Actor's Line, Words
Group relationships: Dialog, Dialogue
Specialized synonyms: Aside, Cue, Monologue, Soliloquy, Throwaway
Generic synonyms: Line

8. Noun. The mental faculty or power of vocal communication. "Language sets homo sapiens apart from all other animals"
Exact synonyms: Language
Generic synonyms: Faculty, Mental Faculty, Module
Terms within: Lexis, Lexicon, Mental Lexicon, Vocabulary
Examples of category: Verbalise, Verbalize
Derivative terms: Speak

Definition of Speech

1. n. The faculty of uttering articulate sounds or words; the faculty of expressing thoughts by words or articulate sounds; the power of speaking.

2. v. i. & t. To make a speech; to harangue.

Definition of Speech

1. Noun. The faculty of speech; the ability to speak or to use vocalizations to communicate. ¹

2. Noun. A session of speaking; a long oral message given publicly usually by one person. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Speech

1. the faculty or act of speaking [n -ES]

Medical Definition of Speech

1. 1. The faculty of uttering articulate sounds or words; the faculty of expressing thoughts by words or articulate sounds; the power of speaking. "There is none comparable to the variety of instructive expressions by speech, wherewith man alone is endowed for the communication of his thoughts." (Holder) 2. He act of speaking; that which is spoken; words, as expressing ideas; language; conversation. Speech is voice modulated by the throat, tongue, lips, etc, the modulation being accomplished by changing the form of the cavity of the mouth and nose through the action of muscles which move their walls. "O goode God! how gentle and how kind Ye seemed by your speech and your visage The day that maked was our marriage." (Chaucer) "The acts of God . . . To human ears Can nort without process of speech be told." (Milton) 3. A particular language, as distinct from others; a tongue; a dialect. "People of a strange speech and of an hard language." (Ezek. Iii. 6) 4. Talk; mention; common saying. "The duke . . . Did of me demand What was the speech among the Londoners Concerning the French journey." (Shak) 5. Formal discourse in public; oration; harangue. "The constant design of these orators, in all their speeches, was to drive some one particular point." (Swift) 6. Ny declaration of thoughts. "I. With leave of speech implored, . . . Replied." (Milton) Synonym: Harangue, language, address, oration. See Harangue, and Language. Origin: OE. Speche, AS. Spc, spr, fr. Specan, sprecan, to speak; akin to D. Spraak speech, OHG. Sprahha, G. Sprache, Sw. Sprk, Dan. Sprog. See Speak. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Speech

speculativeness
speculativity
speculator
speculatorial
speculators
speculatory
speculist
speculists
speculoos
speculum
speculum forceps
speculums
sped
spede
spee
speech (current term)
speech-endowed
speech-language pathology
speech-read
speech acoustics
speech act
speech acts
speech articulation tests
speech audiogram
speech audiometer
speech audiometry
speech balloon
speech balloons
speech bubble
speech bubbles

Literary usage of Speech

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1. Monographic Medicine by William Robie Patten Emerson, Guido Guerrini, William Brown, Wendell Christopher Phillips, John Whitridge Williams, John Appleton Swett, Hans G√ľnther, Mario Mariotti, Hugh Grant Rowell (1916)
"Obviously, the sensory speech center must be connected with the motor speech center by conduction paths, and, in our early attempts at talking, the speech ..."

2. Psychology, General Introduction by Charles Hubbard Judd (1917)
"CHAPTER X speech AS A FORM OF BEHAVIOR speech as a highly important special habit. Among the habits developed by human beings none is so elaborate as speech ..."

3. Psychology, General Introduction by Charles Hubbard Judd (1917)
"CHAPTER X speech AS A FORM OF BEHAVIOR speech as a highly important special habit. Among the habits developed by human beings none is so elaborate as speech ..."

4. Psychology, General Introduction by Charles Hubbard Judd (1917)
"CHAPTER X speech AS A FORM OF BEHAVIOR speech as a highly important special habit. Among the habits developed by human beings none is so elaborate as speech ..."

5. The Montessori Method by Maria Montessori (1912)
"When, therefore, the child speaks, but before the completion of the development of speech which renders it fixed in mechanisms already established, ..."

6. The Montessori Method: Scientific Pedagogy as Applied to Child Education in by Maria Montessori, Anne E. George, Henry Wyman Holmes (1912)
"To this end the analysis of speech is necessary. As when we wish to perfect the language we first start children at composition and then pass to grammatical ..."

7. The Story of My Life by Helen Keller, John Albert Macy, Annie Sullivan (1905)
"CHAPTER IV speech THE two persons who have written authoritatively about Miss Keller's speech and the way she learned it are Miss Sarah Fuller,* of the ..."

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