1. [ noun ] (linguistics) a systematic means of communicating by the use of sounds or conventional symbols
Synonyms: linguistic_communication

"he taught foreign languages" "the language introduced is standard throughout the text" "the execution speed of a program depends on the language in which it is written"

Related terms: communication natural_language barrage words string object_language interlanguage source_language dead_language native_language sign_language artificial_language metalanguage slanguage expressive_style speech limpid diachronic accent alphabetize uncorrupted synchronic well-turned
2. [ noun ] communication by word of mouth
Synonyms: speech spoken_language spoken_communication speech_communication voice_communication oral_communication

"his speech was slurred" "the telephone greatly increased the range of speech communication" "he uttered harsh language" "he recorded the spoken language of the streets"

Related terms: auditory_communication words discussion conversation saying soliloquy spell monologue dictation idiolect non-standard_speech pronunciation
3. [ noun ] (linguistics) a system of words used in a particular discipline
Synonyms: terminology nomenclature

"legal terminology" "the language of sociology"

Related terms: word toponomy markup_language
4. [ noun ] (psychology) the cognitive processes involved in producing and understanding linguistic communication
Synonyms: linguistic_process

"he didn't have the language to express his feelings"

Related terms: higher_cognitive_process reading
5. [ noun ] (psychology) the mental faculty or power of vocal communication
Synonyms: speech

"language sets homo sapiens apart from all other animals"

Related terms: faculty vocabulary lexis verbalise speak
6. [ noun ] (music,writing) the text of a popular song or musical-comedy number
Synonyms: lyric words lyrics

"his compositions always started with the lyrics" "he wrote both words and music" "the song uses colloquial language"

Related terms: text love_lyric song
Similar spelling:   langouste