What does lecture mean?

Definitions for lecture
ˈlɛk tʃərlec·ture

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. lecture, public lecture, talknoun

    a speech that is open to the public

    "he attended a lecture on telecommunications"

  2. lecture, speech, talking tonoun

    a lengthy rebuke

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

  3. lecture, lecturingverb

    teaching by giving a discourse on some subject (typically to a class)

  4. lecture, talkverb

    deliver a lecture or talk

    "She will talk at Rutgers next week"; "Did you ever lecture at Harvard?"

  5. call on the carpet, take to task, rebuke, rag, trounce, reproof, lecture, reprimand, jaw, dress down, call down, scold, chide, berate, bawl out, remonstrate, chew out, chew up, have words, lambaste, lambastverb

    censure severely or angrily

    "The mother scolded the child for entering a stranger's car"; "The deputy ragged the Prime Minister"; "The customer dressed down the waiter for bringing cold soup"

Wiktionary

  1. lecturenoun

    A spoken lesson or exposition, usually delivered to group.

    During class today the professor delivered an interesting lecture.

  2. lecturenoun

    A berating or scolding.

    I really don't want you to give me a lecture about my bad eating habits.

  3. lectureverb

    To teach, by giving a speech on a given topic.

  4. lectureverb

    To berate, to scold.

  5. Etymology: From lectura, from lectus, past participle of lego.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. LECTUREnoun

    Etymology: lecture, French.

    Mark him, while Dametas reads his rustick lecture unto him, how to feed his beasts before noon, and where to shade them in the extreme heat. Philip Sidney, b. ii.

    Wrangling pedant,
    When in musick we have spent an hour,
    Your lecture shall have leisure for as much. William Shakespeare.

    When letters from Cesar were given to Rusticus, he refused to open them till the philosopher had done his lectures. Jeremy Taylor, Holy Living.

    Virtue is the solid good, which tutors should not only read lectures and talk of, but the labour and art of education should furnish the mind with, and fasten there. John Locke.

    Numidia will be blest by Cato’s lectures. Joseph Addison, Cato.

    In the lecture of holy scripture, their apprehensions are commonly confined unto the literal sense of the text. Browne.

  2. To Lectureverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

Wikipedia

  1. Lecture

    A lecture (from Latin lēctūra “reading” ) is an oral presentation intended to present information or teach people about a particular subject, for example by a university or college teacher. Lectures are used to convey critical information, history, background, theories, and equations. A politician's speech, a minister's sermon, or even a business person's sales presentation may be similar in form to a lecture. Usually the lecturer will stand at the front of the room and recite information relevant to the lecture's content. Though lectures are much criticised as a teaching method, universities have not yet found practical alternative teaching methods for the large majority of their courses. Critics point out that lecturing is mainly a one-way method of communication that does not involve significant audience participation but relies upon passive learning. Therefore, lecturing is often contrasted to active learning. Lectures delivered by talented speakers can be highly stimulating; at the very least, lectures have survived in academia as a quick, cheap, and efficient way of introducing large numbers of students to a particular field of study. Lectures have a significant role outside the classroom, as well. Academic and scientific awards routinely include a lecture as part of the honor, and academic conferences often center on "keynote addresses", i.e., lectures. The public lecture has a long history in the sciences and in social movements. Union halls, for instance, historically have hosted numerous free and public lectures on a wide variety of matters. Similarly, churches, community centers, libraries, museums, and other organizations have hosted lectures in furtherance of their missions or their constituents' interests. Lectures represent a continuation of oral tradition in contrast to textual communication in books and other media. Lectures may be considered a type of grey literature.

ChatGPT

  1. lecture

    A lecture is a method of presenting information or teaching a topic to a group of students or audience. It typically involves a speaker, often an expert or educator, delivering an informative or instructional talk on a specific subject in a structured manner. Lectures can range in length and format, but they generally aim to provide knowledge, analysis, or explanation on a particular topic. They can be delivered in person or through various digital platforms, and may include visual aids or multimedia elements to enhance understanding.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Lecturenoun

    the act of reading; as, the lecture of Holy Scripture

  2. Lecturenoun

    a discourse on any subject; especially, a formal or methodical discourse, intended for instruction; sometimes, a familiar discourse, in contrast with a sermon

  3. Lecturenoun

    a reprimand or formal reproof from one having authority

  4. Lecturenoun

    a rehearsal of a lesson

  5. Lectureverb

    to read or deliver a lecture to

  6. Lectureverb

    to reprove formally and with authority

  7. Lectureverb

    to deliver a lecture or lectures

  8. Etymology: [F. lecture, LL. lectura, fr. L. legere, lectum, to read. See Legend.]

Wikidata

  1. Lecture

    A lecture is an oral presentation intended to present information or teach people about a particular subject, for example by a university or college teacher. Lectures are used to convey critical information, history, background, theories and equations. A politician's speech, a minister's sermon, or even a businessman's sales presentation may be similar in form to a lecture. Usually the lecturer will stand at the front of the room and recite information relevant to the lecture's content. Though lectures are much criticised as a teaching method, universities have not yet found practical alternative teaching methods for the large majority of their courses. Critics point out that lecturing is mainly a one-way method of communication that does not involve significant audience participation. Therefore, lecturing is often contrasted to active learning. Lectures delivered by talented speakers can be highly stimulating; at the very least, lectures have survived in academia as a quick, cheap and efficient way of introducing large numbers of students to a particular field of study. The criticisms of lectures are often summarized by a quote generally misattributed to Mark Twain: Lectures have a significant role outside the classroom, as well. Academic and scientific awards routinely include a lecture as part of the honor, and academic conferences often center around "keynote addresses", i.e., lectures. The public lecture has a long history in the sciences and in social movements. Union halls, for instance, historically have hosted numerous free and public lectures on a wide variety of matters. Similarly, churches, community centers, libraries, museums, and other organizations have hosted lectures in furtherance of their missions or their constituents' interests. Lectures represent a continuation of oral tradition in contrast to textual communication in books and other media.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Lecture

    lek′tūr, n. a discourse on any subject, esp. a professional or tutorial discourse: an expository and discursive religious discourse, usually based on an extended passage of Scripture rather than a single text: an endowed lectureship, as the Bampton, Hulsean, &c.: a formal reproof.—v.t. to instruct by discourses: to instruct authoritatively: to reprove.—v.i. to give a lecture or lectures.—ns. Lec′turer, one who lectures: one of a class of preachers in the Church of England, chosen by the vestry and supported by voluntary contributions; Lec′tureship, the office of a lecturer. [See Lection.]

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. LECTURE

    An entertainment at which it costs but little to look intelligent.

Editors Contribution

  1. lecture

    A form of interactive lesson, presentation or education at a college, university or other education organization.

    The lecture was interesting and stimulating.


    Submitted by MaryC on March 15, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'lecture' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2344

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'lecture' in Nouns Frequency: #1342

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of lecture in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of lecture in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of lecture in a Sentence

  1. Greg Schmidt:

    My dad invited Rudy Kalman to give a lecture at Ames, and when he did, Dad had an epiphany, rudy Kalman had written a paper about a theoretical' linear' solution to estimating a vehicle's location and speed. The problem was that this was a fundamentally' nonlinear' problem ; that's like the difference in complexity between floating down a lazy river and going over a waterfall, where your motion becomes chaotic and unpredictable. My dad then developed the equations for how to solve this nonlinear problem -- a major extension of Kalman's work.

  2. Scott Applewhite:

    We condemned the violence on Jan. 6 and we condemned it last summer. It would’ve been nice if our colleagues on the other side had done the same, last summer when police were being pelted with frozen water bottles, bricks and beat up, where were they? They were raising money to bail out rioters who were doing those very actions to the police.And today we get a lecture about how we haven’t been consistent, you’ve got to be kidding me!

  3. President Obama:

    The president doesn't have a monopoly on compassion, the president doesn't get to lecture us on loving our kids.

  4. Stephen Butler Leacock:

    Most people tire of a lecture in 10 minutes, clever people can do it in 5. Sensible people never go to lectures at all.

  5. Gloria Barghi:

    I just told my husband, I said, 'Call it mother's intuition.' I just want to see if he's OK,' i pulled up the app. I picked it up right when the lead teacher was assaulting the first victim. It was intentional. It was thought out. It was malicious … these are defenseless little kids. Empty classroom or lecture hall (iStock).

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