Definitions for speechspitʃ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

speech*spitʃ(n.)

  1. the faculty or power of speaking; ability to express one's thoughts and emotions by speech sounds.

  2. the act of speaking.

  3. something that is spoken; an utterance.

  4. a form of communication in spoken language, made by a speaker before an audience.

  5. any single utterance of an actor in the course of a play, film, etc.

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  6. the form of utterance characteristic of a particular people or region; a language or dialect.

    Category: Language/Linguistics

  7. manner of speaking, as of a person.

  8. a field of study devoted to the theory and practice of oral communication.

    Category: Language/Linguistics

  9. any public form of expression, as spoken or written language, visual depictions, or expressive actions. Compare freedom of speech.

    Category: Law

  10. Archaic. rumor.

* Syn: speech , address , oration , harangue are terms for a communication to an audience. speech is the general word, with no implication of kind or length, or whether planned or not. An address is a rather formal, planned speech, appropriate to a particular subject or occasion. An oration is a polished, rhetorical address, given usu. on a notable occasion, that employs eloquence and studied methods of delivery. A harangue is an impassioned, vehement speech intended to arouse strong feeling and sometimes to lead to mob action.

Origin of speech:

bef. 900; ME speche, OE spǣc, var. of sprǣc, der. of sprecan to speak

Princeton's WordNet

  1. address, speech(noun)

    the act of delivering a formal spoken communication to an audience

    "he listened to an address on minor Roman poets"

  2. speech, speech communication, spoken communication, spoken language, language, voice communication, oral communication(noun)

    (language) communication by word of mouth

    "his speech was garbled"; "he uttered harsh language"; "he recorded the spoken language of the streets"

  3. speech(noun)

    something spoken

    "he could hear them uttering merry speeches"

  4. speech(noun)

    the exchange of spoken words

    "they were perfectly comfortable together without speech"

  5. manner of speaking, speech, delivery(noun)

    your characteristic style or manner of expressing yourself orally

    "his manner of speaking was quite abrupt"; "her speech was barren of southernisms"; "I detected a slight accent in his speech"

  6. lecture, speech, talking to(noun)

    a lengthy rebuke

    "a good lecture was my father's idea of discipline"; "the teacher gave him a talking to"

  7. actor's line, speech, words(noun)

    words making up the dialogue of a play

    "the actor forgot his speech"

  8. language, speech(noun)

    the mental faculty or power of vocal communication

    "language sets homo sapiens apart from all other animals"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. speech(noun)ʃ

    an occasion when sb speaks to an audience

    The groom usually makes a speech at the wedding reception.

  2. speechʃ

    the ability to speak

    the level of development of a child's speech

Wiktionary

  1. speech(Noun)

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

  2. speech(Noun)

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

    The candidate made some ambitious promises in his campaign speech.

  3. Origin: From speche, from spæc, spræc, from sprēkijō, from spereg-. Cognate with spraak, Sprache, sprog. More at speak.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Speech(noun)

    the faculty of uttering articulate sounds or words; the faculty of expressing thoughts by words or articulate sounds; the power of speaking

  2. Speech(noun)

    he act of speaking; that which is spoken; words, as expressing ideas; language; conversation

  3. Speech(noun)

    a particular language, as distinct from others; a tongue; a dialect

  4. Speech(noun)

    talk; mention; common saying

  5. Speech(noun)

    formal discourse in public; oration; harangue

  6. Speech(noun)

    ny declaration of thoughts

  7. Speech

    to make a speech; to harangue

Freebase

  1. Speech

    Speech is the vocalized form of human communication. It is based upon the syntactic combination of lexicals and names that are drawn from very large vocabularies. Each spoken word is created out of the phonetic combination of a limited set of vowel and consonant speech sound units. These vocabularies, the syntax which structures them, and their set of speech sound units differ, creating the existence of many thousands of different types of mutually unintelligible human languages. Most human speakers are able to communicate in two or more of them. The vocal abilities that enable humans to produce speech also provide humans with the ability to sing. A gestural form of human communication exists for the deaf in the form of sign language. Speech in some cultures has become the basis of a written language, often one that differs in its vocabulary, syntax and phonetics from its associated spoken one, a situation called diglossia. Speech in addition to its use in communication, it is suggested by some psychologists such as Vygotsky is internally used by mental processes to enhance and organize cognition in the form of an interior monologue.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Speech

    Communication through a system of conventional vocal symbols.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'speech' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1308

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'speech' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2059

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'speech' in Nouns Frequency: #532


Translations for speech

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

speech(noun)

(the act of) saying words, or the ability to say words

Speech is one method of communication between people.

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