|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)|
|Related terms:||hypostasis Jesus Messiah|
|5.||[ noun ] a promise|
"he gave his word"
|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|
"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!"
|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|