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word (wrd) n. 1.

A sound or a combination of sounds, or its representation in writing or printing, that symbolizes and communicates a meaning and may consist of a single morpheme or of a combination of morphemes. 2. Something said; an utterance, remark, or comment: May I say a word about that? 3. Computer Science A set of bits constituting the smallest unit of addressable memory. 4. words Discourse or talk; speech: Actions speak louder than words. 5. words Music The text of a vocal composition; lyrics. 6. An assurance or promise; sworn intention: She has kept her word. 7. a. A command or direction; an order: gave the word to retreat. b. A verbal signal; a password or watchword. 8. a. News: Any word on your promotion? See Synonyms at news. b. Rumor: Word has it they're divorcing. 9. words Hostile or angry remarks made back and forth. 10. Used euphemistically in combination with the initial letter of a term that is considered offensive or taboo or that one does not want to utter: "Although economists here will not call it a recession yet, the dreaded 'R' word is beginning to pop up in the media" (Francine S. Kiefer). 11. Word a. See Logos. b. The Scriptures; the Bible. tr.v. worded, wording, words To express in words: worded the petition carefully. interj. Slang Used to express approval or an affirmative response to something. Sometimes used with up. Idioms: at a word In immediate response. good word 1. A favorable comment: She put in a good word for me. 2. Favorable news. have no words for To be unable to describe or talk about. in a word In short; in summary: In a word, the situation is serious. in so many words 1. In precisely those words; exactly: hinted at impending indictments but did not say it in so many words. 2. Speaking candidly and straightforwardly: In so many words, the weather has been beastly. of few words Not conversational or loquacious; laconic: a person of few words. of (one's) word Displaying personal dependability: a woman of her word.

take at (one's) word To be convinced of another's sincerity and act in accord with his or her statement: We took them at their word that the job would be done on time. upon my word Indeed; really. [Middle English, from Old English; see wer-5 in Indo-European roots.] The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright 2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Updated in 2009. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved. Ads by Google Download Dictionary Instant Translation & Definitions. 75 Languages. Free Download. word [wd] n 1. (Linguistics) one of the units of speech or writing that native speakers of a language usually regard as the smallest isolable meaningful element of the language, although linguists would analyse these further into morphemes Related adj lexical, verbal 2. an instance of vocal intercourse; chat, talk, or discussion to have a word with someone 3. an utterance or expression, esp a brief one a word of greeting 4. news or information he sent word that he would be late 5. a verbal signal for action; command when I give the word, fire! 6. an undertaking or promise I give you my word he kept his word 7. an autocratic decree or utterance; order his word must be obeyed 8. a watchword or slogan, as of a political party the word now is ``freedom'' 9. (Electronics & Computer Science / Computer Science) Computing a set of bits used to store, transmit, or operate upon an item of information in a computer, such as a program instruction as good as one's word doing what one has undertaken or promised to do at a word at once by word of mouth orally rather than by written means in a word briefly or in short my word! a. an exclamation of surprise, annoyance, etc. b. Austral an exclamation of agreement of one's word given to or noted for keeping one's promises I am a man of my word put in a word or good word for to make favourable mention of (someone); recommend take someone at his or her word to assume that someone means, or will do, what he or she says when he told her to go, she took him at his word and left take someone's word for it to accept or believe what someone says the last word a. the closing remark of a conversation or argument, esp a remark that supposedly settles an issue

b. the latest or most fashionable design, make, or model the last word in bikinis c. the finest example (of some quality, condition, etc.) the last word in luxury the word the proper or most fitting expression cold is not the word for it, it's freezing! upon my word! a. Archaic on my honour b. an exclamation of surprise, annoyance, etc. word for word a. (of a report, transcription, etc.) using exactly the same words as those employed in the situation being reported; verbatim b. translated by substituting each word in the new text for each corresponding word in the original rather than by general sense word of honour a promise; oath 24. (modifier) of, relating to, or consisting of words a word list vb 1. (tr) to state in words, usually specially selected ones; phrase 2. (tr; often foll by up) Austral informal to inform or advise (a person) See also words [Old English word; related to Old High German wort, Old Norse orth, Gothic waurd, Latin verbum, Sanskrit vrat command] Word [wd] n the 1. (Christianity / Ecclesiastical Terms) Christianity the 2nd person of the Trinity 2. (Christian Religious Writings / Theology) Scripture, the Bible, or the Gospels as embodying or representing divine revelation Often called the Word of God [translation of Greek logos, as in John 1:1] Collins English Dictionary Complete and Unabridged HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003 Ads by Google exercise for children Free Ideas On exercise for children With Your Child. Sign Up Today! Word(s) See Also: SPEAKING; WORDS, DEFINED; WORDS, EFFECT OF; WORDS OF PRAISE;

1. Applying words like bandages William Mcllvanney 2. Words should be scattered like seed; no matter how small the seed may be, if it has once found favorable ground, it unfolds its strength Seneca 3. Words, like Nature, half reveal and half conceal the Soul within Alfred, Lord Tennyson 4. Her words still hung in the air between us like a whisp of tobacco smoke Evelyn Waugh

5. It is with words as with sunbeams, the more they are condensed, the deeper they burn Robert Southey 6. Words, like men, grow an individuality; their character changes with years and with use Anon 7. Words, like fine flowers, have their color too Ernest Rhys 8. Words, like clothes, get old-fashioned, or mean and ridiculous, when they have been for some time laid aside William Hazlitt 9. Words, like fashions, disappear and recur throughout English history Virginia Graham 10. The word seemed to linger in the air, to throb in the air like the note of a violin Katherine Mansfield 11. Her words at first seemed fitful like the talking of the trees Dante Gabriel Rossetti 12. (She spoke to them slowly,) dropping the words like ping pong balls Helen Hudson 13. Every word hanging like the sack of cement on a murdered body at the bottom of the river Diane Wakoski 14. Her words fell like rain on a waterproof umbrella; they made a noise, but they could not reach the head which they seemed destined to deluge Frances Trollope 15. His words were smoother than oil (and yet be they swords) The Book of Common Prayer 16. It is as easy to draw back a stone thrown from the hand, as to recall a word once spoken Menander 17. Like blood from a cut vein, words flowed James Morrow 18. My words slipped from me like broken weapons Edith Wharton 19. An old sentence ran through her mind like a frightened mouse in a maze Babs H. Deal 20. The rest [words meant to remain unspoken] rolled out like string from a hidden ball of twine Lynne Sharon Schwartz 21. The sentence rang over and over again in his mind like a dirge Margaret Millar 22. Stiff as frozen rope words poke out Marge Piercy 23. They [a group at a party] flung them [words] like weapons, handled them like jewels, tossed them on air with reckless abandon as though they scattered confetti Mary Hedin 24. The word hissed like steam escaping from an overloaded pressure system Ross Macdonald 25. A word once spoken, like an arrow shot, can never be retracted Anon This simile was first used by Talmudic rabbis 26. Words as meaningless and wonderful as wind chimes Sharon Sheehe Stark 27. The words came out like bullets H. E. Bates 28. Words came out tumbling like a litter of puppies from a kennel F. van Wyck Mason 29. The words crumbled in his mouth like ashes William Diehl 30. Words danced in my mind like wild ponies that moved only to my command Hortense Calisher 31. Words falling softly as rose petals Mary Hedin 32. Words, frothy and toneless like a chain of bursting bubbles L. P. Hartley 33. Words gushing and tumbling as if a hose had been turned on Rose Tremain 34. Words gush like toothpaste Margaret Atwood

35. The words [just spoken] hung like smoke in the air Doris Grumbach 36. Words like bits of cold wind Mary Hedin 37. (She dealt her) words like blades Emily Dickinson 38. Words, like butterflies, stagger from his lips John Updike 39. Words, like glass, obscure when they do not aid vision Joseph Joubet 40. Words limp and clear like a jellyfish hard and mean and secretive like a horned snail austere and comical as top hats, or smooth and lively and flattering as ribbons Alice Munro The narrator of Munros story, Spelling, contemplates the meaning of words while visiting an old woman. 41. The word spiralled through the silence like a worm in wood Harris Downey 42. The words (out) of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in his heart; his words were softer than oil, yet they were drawn swords The Holy Bible/Psalms 43. Words plunked down with a click like chessmen Yehuda Amichai 44. Words poured wetly from her red lips as from a pitcher Lynne Sharon Schwartz 45. The words rang in the silence like the sound of a great cash register Kingsley Amis 46. Words ran together too quickly, like rapid water Joanna Wojewski Higgins 47. Words roll around in Bennas mouth [heroine of novel, Anagrams, by Lorrie Moore] like Life Savers on a tongue Carol Hills, New York Times Book Review, November 2, 1986 48. Words that string and creep like insects Conrad Aiken 49. Words tumbling out and tripping over each other like mice Susan Fromberg Schaeffer 50. The words went by like flights of moths under the star-soaked sky Adrienne Rich 51. Words white and anonymous as a snowball Donald McCaig See Also: WHITE 52. (If he once let loose the) words would come like a great flood, like vomiting George Garrett 53. Your words to the end, hard as a pair of new cowboy boots A. D. Winans