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"
a brief statement
"he didn't say a word about it"
news, intelligence, tidings, word(noun)
information about recent and important events
"they awaited news of the outcome"
a verbal command for action
"when I give the word, charge!"
discussion, give-and-take, word(noun)
an exchange of views on some topic
"we had a good discussion"; "we had a word or two about it"
parole, word, word of honor(noun)
"he gave his word"
a word is a string of bits stored in computer memory
"large computers use words up to 64 bits long"
Son, Word, Logos(noun)
the divine word of God; the second person in the Trinity (incarnate in Jesus)
password, watchword, word, parole, countersign(noun)
a secret word or phrase known only to a restricted group
"he forgot the password"
Bible, Christian Bible, Book, Good Book, Holy Scripture, Holy Writ, Scripture, Word of God, Word(verb)
the sacred writings of the Christian religions
"he went to carry the Word to the heathen"
give voice, formulate, word, phrase, articulate(verb)
put into words or an expression
"He formulated his concerns to the board of trustees"
The fact or action of speaking, as opposed to writing or to action.
Something which has been said; a comment, utterance; speech.
A distinct unit of language (sounds in speech or written letters) with a particular meaning, composed of one or more morphemes, and also of one or more phonemes that determine its sound pattern.
A distinct unit of language which is approved by some authority.
Have you had any word from John yet?
An order; a request or instruction.
He sent word that we should strike camp before winter.
A promise; an oath or guarantee.
I give you my word that I will be there on time.
Communication from god; the message of the Christian gospel; the Bible.
Her parents had lived in Botswana, spreading the word among the tribespeople.
To say or write (something) using particular words.
Iu2019m not sure how to word this letter to the council.
A brief discussion or conversation.
Can I have a word with you?
Angry debate or conversation; argument.
There had been words between him and the secretary about the outcome of the meeting.
Any sequence of letters or characters considered as a discrete entity.
A unit of text equivalent to five characters and one space.
A fixed-size group of bits handled as a unit by a machine. On many 16-bit machines a word is 16 bits or two bytes.
A finite string which is not a command or operator.
A group element, expressed as a product of group elements.
Different symbols, written or spoken, arranged together in a unique sequence that approximates a thought in a person's mind.
truth, to tell or speak the truth; the shortened form of the statement, "My word is my bond," an expression eventually shortened to "Word is bond," before it finally got cut to just "Word," which is its most commonly used form.
An abbreviated form of word up; a statement of the acknowledgment of fact with a hint of nonchalant approval.
Scripture; The Bible
The creative word of God; logos
Origin: From wurdan, from werdʰo-, from wer-; cognate with Old Frisian , Old Saxon (Dutch woord), Old High German wort (German Wort), Old Norse orð (Icelandic orð, Swedish ord), Gothic . The Proto-Indo-European root is also the source of Latin verbum, Lithuanian vardas, and, more distantly, of Ancient Greek and Old Slavonic (Russian ).
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
hence, the written or printed character, or combination of characters, expressing such a term; as, the words on a page
talk; discourse; speech; language
account; tidings; message; communication; information; -- used only in the singular
signal; order; command; direction
language considered as implying the faith or authority of the person who utters it; statement; affirmation; declaration; promise
verbal contention; dispute
a brief remark or observation; an expression; a phrase, clause, or short sentence
to use words, as in discussion; to argue; to dispute
to express in words; to phrase
to ply with words; also, to cause to be by the use of a word or words
to flatter with words; to cajole
In language, a word is the smallest element that may be uttered in isolation with semantic or pragmatic content. This contrasts with a morpheme, which is the smallest unit of meaning but will not necessarily stand on its own. A word may consist of a single morpheme, or several, whereas a morpheme may not be able to stand on its own as a word. A complex word will typically include a root and one or more affixes, or more than one root in a compound. Words can be put together to build larger elements of language, such as phrases, clauses, and sentences. The term word may refer to a spoken word or to a written word, or sometimes to the abstract concept behind either. Spoken words are made up of units of sound called phonemes, and written words of symbols called graphemes, such as the letters of the English alphabet.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
wurd, n. 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: (pl.) verbal contention.—v.t. to express in words: (Shak.) to flatter.—v.i. to speak, talk.—ns. Word′-blind′ness, loss of ability to read; Word′-book, a book with a collection of words: a vocabulary.—adj. Word′-bound, unable to find expression in words.—n. Word′-build′ing, the formation or composition of words.—adj. Wor′ded, expressed in words.—adv. Wor′dily.—ns. Wor′diness; Wor′ding, act, manner, or style of expressing in words.—adj. Wor′dish (obs.), verbose.—n. Wor′dishness.—adj. Word′less (Shak.), without words, silent.—ns. Word′-mem′ory, the power of recalling words to the mind; Word′-paint′er, one who describes vividly; Word′-paint′ing, the act of describing anything clearly and fully by words only; Word′-pic′ture, a description in words which presents an object to the mind as if in a picture.—adj. Wor′dy, full of words: using or containing many words.—Word for word, literally, verbatim.—Break one's word, to fail to fulfil a promise; By word of mouth, orally; Good word, favourable mention, praise; Hard words, angry, hot words; Have a word with, to have some conversation with; Have words with, to quarrel, dispute with; In a word, In one word, in short, to sum up; In word, in speech only, in profession only; Pass one's word, to make a promise; The Word, the Scripture: (theol.) the second person in the Trinity, the Logos. [A.S. word; Goth. waurd, Ice. orth, Ger. wort; also conn. with L. verbum, a word, Gr. eirein, to speak.]
The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz
Something you must keep after giving it to another.
What does WORD stand for? -- Explore the various meanings for the WORD acronym on the Abbreviations.com website.
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'word' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #512
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'word' in Written Corpus Frequency: #437
Rank popularity for the word 'word' in Nouns Frequency: #35
The numerical value of word in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of word in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
The word compromise is not a bad word to me, i like the word compromise.
Men, I want you just thinking of one word all season. One word and one word only: Super Bowl.
The word 'politics' is derived from the word 'poly', meaning 'many', and the word 'ticks', meaning 'blood sucking parasites'.
She said our ad did not run because it contained an offensive word, i asked what that offensive word was and she said the offensive word was ‘Christian.’.
Did is a word of achievement Won't is a word of defeat Might is a word of bereavement Can't is a word of defeat Ought is a word of duty Try is a word each hour Will is a word of beauty Can is a word of power.
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From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- woord, erewoordAfrikaans
- рагӏул, рагӏиAvaric
- kəlmə, sözcük, sözAzerbaijani
- сло́во, ду́маBulgarian
- ཚིགTibetan Standard
- ger, gerioùBreton
- redactar, paraula, motCatalan, Valencian
- slovo boží, slovo, slibCzech
- слово, ⱄⰾⱁⰲⱁOld Church Slavonic, Church Slavonic, Old Bulgarian
- Wort, EhrenwortGerman
- λέξη, συντάσσω, λόγος, διατυπώνωGreek
- redactar, palabra, vocabloSpanish
- berba, hitzBasque
- واژه, قول, گفتار, پیمان, کلمهPersian
- Sana, uutiset, sanaaFinnish
- verbe, parole, motFrench
- wurdWestern Frisian
- facal, briatharScottish Gaelic
- palabra, vocábuloGalician
- מִלָּה, ניסחHebrew
- बात, शब्दHindi
- mo, pawòlHaitian Creole
- բան, խոսք, խոստում, բառArmenian
- parola, verbo, vocabuloInterlingua
- firman, kataIndonesian
- orða, orðIcelandic
- parola, verbo, termine, word, vocaboloItalian
- 福音, 言語, 言葉, 単語, 言質Japanese
- ukara, sabdaJavanese
- oqaaseqKalaallisut, Greenlandic
- ពាក្យសំដី, ពាក្យKhmer
- ಶಬ್ದ, ಪದKannada
- 말씀, 단어, 말, 낱말Korean
- peyv, kelîme, bêjeKurdish
- vocabulum, verbumLatin
- WuertLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- matapakinga, kupu, pūrongoMāori
- збор, сло́во, формулира, изразува, божја речMacedonian
- ശബ്ദം, പദം, വാക്ക്Malayalam
- perkataan, perbincangan, kabar, berita, janji, khabar, kalimah, firman, sabda, kataMalay
- woord, formuleren, verwoorden, woordenwisseling, erewoord, onder woorden brengenDutch
- ord, krangel, lovnadNorwegian
- saadNavajo, Navaho
- дзырд, ныхасOssetian, Ossetic
- ਸ਼ਬਦPanjabi, Punjabi
- słowo, słowo bożePolish
- لغت, کلمهPashto, Pushto
- verbo, palavra, promessa, palavra divina, palavra de Deus, palavra do Senhor, notícias, vocábuloPortuguese
- pled, plaidRomansh
- vorbă, [[cuvânt]] [[de]] [[onoare]], cuvântRomanian
- сло́во, слово, перебра́нка, формулироватьRussian
- पदम्, शब्दSanskrit
- reč, реч, slovo, riječ, ријеч, словоSerbo-Croatian
- වචනයSinhala, Sinhalese
- slovo božie, slovo, božie slovo, čestné slovoSlovak
- beseda, častna besedaSlovene
- llaf, fjalë, sharjeAlbanian
- lentsweSouthern Sotho
- வார்த்தை, சொல்Tamil
- దేవుడు, మాట, సంకేత పదము, వార్త, పదము, వాణి, చర్చTelugu
- калима, КаломTajik
- sözcük, kelimeTurkish
- سۆزUyghur, Uighur
- کلمہ, شبد, باتUrdu
- những lời, chữ, từ, tiếng, nhời, lờiVietnamese
- ó̩ró̩gbólóhùn kanYoruba
- uhlamvu, igama, isithembisoZulu
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