1. [ noun ] (linguistics) 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"

Related terms: language_unit form term terminology synonym monosyllable antonym head vocable metonym polysyllable reduplication trisyllable quantifier back-formation palindrome content_word disyllable cognate written_word hypernym loanword anagram dirty_word hyponym meronym loanblend holonym troponym neologism charade blend deictic function_word contraction substantive diminutive partitive nonce_word quantifier headword anaphor derivative four-letter_word key_word oxytone primitive paroxytone polysemant proparoxytone syncategorem classifier heteronym homonym syllable affix formulate
2. [ noun ] a brief statement

"he didn't say a word about it"

Related terms: statement formulate
3. [ noun ] (news) new information about specific and timely events
Synonyms: news tidings intelligence

"they awaited news of the outcome"

Related terms: information update good_word
4. [ noun ] (religion,Christianity) the divine word of God; the second person in the Trinity (incarnate in Jesus)
Synonyms: Son Logos
Related terms: hypostasis Jesus Messiah
5. [ noun ] a promise
Synonyms: word_of_honor parole

"he gave his word"

Related terms: promise
6. [ noun ] a secret word or phrase known only to a restricted group
Synonyms: watchword parole countersign password

"he forgot the password"

Related terms: positive_identification secret
7. [ noun ] (religion,Bible,writing) the sacred writings of the Christian religion
Synonyms: bible Bible Scripture Holy_Scripture Word_of_God book Holy_Writ christian_bible Good_Book

"he went to carry the Word to the heathen"

Related terms: sacred_text Vulgate Revised_Version family_Bible Revised_Standard_Version Douay_Bible American_Standard_Version Authorized_Version New_English_Bible Old_Testament New_Testament text Testament demythologize gabriel covenant eisegesis exegesis
8. [ noun ] an exchange of views on some topic
Synonyms: discussion give-and-take

"we had a good discussion" "we had a word or two about it"

Related terms: speech argument conference negotiation panel_discussion deliberation public_discussion postmortem discuss
9. [ noun ] a verbal command for action

"when I give the word, charge!"

Related terms: order
10. [ noun ] (computer science) a word is a string of bits stored in computer memory

"large computers use words up to 64 bits long"

Related terms: computer_memory_unit kilobyte byte
11. [ verb ] put into words or an expression
Synonyms: formulate phrase articulate give_voice

"He formulated his concerns to the board of trustees"

Related terms: express frame ask formularize dogmatize lexicalize articulation formulation conceptualization wording
12. [ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 4459
13. [ noun ] (biology,medicine) Spontaneous or excessive flow of milk from the mammary glands
Related terms: symptom lactation
Similar spelling:   wordy