What does word mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. word(noun)

    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"

  2. word(noun)

    a brief statement

    "he didn't say a word about it"

  3. news, intelligence, tidings, word(noun)

    information about recent and important events

    "they awaited news of the outcome"

  4. word(noun)

    a verbal command for action

    "when I give the word, charge!"

  5. 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"

  6. parole, word, word of honor(noun)

    a promise

    "he gave his word"

  7. word(noun)

    a word is a string of bits stored in computer memory

    "large computers use words up to 64 bits long"

  8. Son, Word, Logos(noun)

    the divine word of God; the second person in the Trinity (incarnate in Jesus)

  9. password, watchword, word, parole, countersign(noun)

    a secret word or phrase known only to a restricted group

    "he forgot the password"

  10. 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"

  11. give voice, formulate, word, phrase, articulate(verb)

    put into words or an expression

    "He formulated his concerns to the board of trustees"


  1. word(Noun)

    The fact or action of speaking, as opposed to writing or to action.

  2. word(Noun)

    Something which has been said; a comment, utterance; speech.

  3. word(Noun)

    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.

  4. word(Noun)

    A distinct unit of language which is approved by some authority.

  5. word(Noun)

    News; tidings.

    Have you had any word from John yet?

  6. word(Noun)

    An order; a request or instruction.

    He sent word that we should strike camp before winter.

  7. word(Noun)

    A promise; an oath or guarantee.

    I give you my word that I will be there on time.

  8. word(Noun)


  9. word(Noun)

    Communication from god; the message of the Christian gospel; the Bible.

    Her parents had lived in Botswana, spreading the word among the tribespeople.

  10. word(Verb)

    To say or write (something) using particular words.

    I'm not sure how to word this letter to the council.

  11. word(Noun)

    A brief discussion or conversation.

    Can I have a word with you?

  12. word(Noun)

    Angry debate or conversation; argument.

    There had been words between him and the secretary about the outcome of the meeting.

  13. word(Noun)

    Any sequence of letters or characters considered as a discrete entity.

  14. word(Noun)

    A unit of text equivalent to five characters and one space.

  15. word(Noun)

    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.

  16. word(Noun)

    A finite string which is not a command or operator.

  17. word(Noun)

    A group element, expressed as a product of group elements.

  18. word(Noun)

    Different symbols, written or spoken, arranged together in a unique sequence that approximates a thought in a person's mind.

  19. word(Interjection)

    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.

  20. word(Interjection)

    An abbreviated form of word up; a statement of the acknowledgment of fact with a hint of nonchalant approval.

  21. Word(Noun)

    Scripture; The Bible

  22. Word(Noun)

    The creative word of God; logos

  23. 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 ).


  1. Word

    In linguistics, a word of a spoken language can be defined as the smallest sequence of phonemes that can be uttered in isolation with objective or practical meaning. For many languages, words also correspond to sequences of graphemes ("letters") in their standard writing systems that are delimited by spaces wider than the normal inter-letter space, or by other graphical conventions. The concept of "word" is usually distinguished from that of a morpheme, which is the smallest unit of speech which has a meaning, even if it will not stand on its own. In many languages, the notion of what constitutes a "word" may be mostly learned as part of learning the writing system. This is the case of the English language, and of most languages that are written with alphabets derived from the ancient Latin or Greek alphabets. There is still no consensus among linguists about the proper definition of "word" in a spoken language that is independent of its writing system, nor about the precise distinction between it and "morpheme". This issue is particularly debated for Chinese and other languages of East Asia, and may be moot for Afro-Asiatic languages. InEnglish orthography, the letter sequences "rock", "god", "write", "with", "the", "not" are considered to be single-morpheme words, whereas "rocks", "ungodliness", "typewriter", and "cannot" are words composed of two or more morphemes ("rock"+"s", "un"+"god"+"li"+"ness", "type"+"writ"+"er", and "can"+"not"). In English and many other languages, the morphemes that make up a word generally include at least one root (such as "rock", "god", "type", "writ", "can", "not") and possibly some affixes ("-s", "un-", "-ly", "-ness"). Words with more than one root ("[type][writ]er", "[cow][boy]s", "[tele][graph]ically") are called compound. Words are combined to form other elements of language, such as phrases ("a red rock", "put up with"), clauses ("I threw a rock"), and sentences ("I threw a rock, but missed").

Webster Dictionary

  1. Word(noun)

    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

  2. Word(noun)

    hence, the written or printed character, or combination of characters, expressing such a term; as, the words on a page

  3. Word(noun)

    talk; discourse; speech; language

  4. Word(noun)

    account; tidings; message; communication; information; -- used only in the singular

  5. Word(noun)

    signal; order; command; direction

  6. Word(noun)

    language considered as implying the faith or authority of the person who utters it; statement; affirmation; declaration; promise

  7. Word(noun)

    verbal contention; dispute

  8. Word(noun)

    a brief remark or observation; an expression; a phrase, clause, or short sentence

  9. Word(verb)

    to use words, as in discussion; to argue; to dispute

  10. Word(verb)

    to express in words; to phrase

  11. Word(verb)

    to ply with words; also, to cause to be by the use of a word or words

  12. Word(verb)

    to flatter with words; to cajole


  1. Word

    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

  1. Word

    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

  1. WORD

    Something you must keep after giving it to another.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. word

    The watch-word; the parole and countersign, which, being issued to the authorized persons at guard-mounting, become a test whereby spies or strangers are detected.

Editors Contribution

  1. word

    A unit of language.

    Words are an important part of language.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 12, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'word' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #512

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'word' in Written Corpus Frequency: #437

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'word' in Nouns Frequency: #35

How to pronounce word?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of word in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of word in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of word in a Sentence

  1. Humpty Dumpty:

    When I use a word.

  2. Anthony Sadler:

    He never said a word.

  3. Alex Marshall:

    I didn't hear a word.

  4. Andreas Andreadis:

    The key word is stability.

  5. Democritus:

    Word is a shadow of a deed.

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