Hypertext Webster Gateway: "speaking"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Speak \Speak\, v. i. [imp. {Spoke}({Spake}Archaic); p. p.
{Spoken}({Spoke}, Obs. or Colloq.); p. pr. & vb. n.
{Speaking}.] [OE. speken, AS. specan, sprecan; akin to
OF.ries. spreka, D. spreken, OS. spreken, G. sprechen, OHG.
sprehhan, and perhaps to Skr. sph[=u]rj to crackle, to
thunder. Cf. {Spark} of fire, {Speech}.]
1. To utter words or articulate sounds, as human beings; to
express thoughts by words; as, the organs may be so
obstructed that a man may not be able to speak.

Till at the last spake in this manner. --Chaucer.

Speak, Lord; for thy servant heareth. --1 Sam. iii.

2. To express opinions; to say; to talk; to converse.

That fluid substance in a few minutes begins to set,
as the tradesmen speak. --Boyle.

An honest man, is able to speak for himself, when a
knave is not. --Shak.

During the century and a half which followed the
Conquest, there is, to speak strictly, no English
history. --Macaulay.

3. To utter a speech, discourse, or harangue; to adress a
public assembly formally.

Many of the nobility made themselves popular by
speaking in Parliament against those things which
were most grateful to his majesty. --Clarendon.

4. To discourse; to make mention; to tell.

Lycan speaks of a part of C[ae]sar's army that came
to him from the Leman Lake. --Addison.

5. To give sound; to sound.

Make all our trumpets speak. --Shak.

6. To convey sentiments, ideas, or intelligence as if by
utterance; as, features that speak of self-will.

Thine eye begins to speak. --Shak.

{To speak of}, to take account of, to make mention of.
--Robynson (More's Utopia).

{To speak out}, to speak loudly and distinctly; also, to
speak unreservedly.

{To speak well for}, to commend; to be favorable to.

{To speak with}, to converse with. ``Would you speak with
me?'' --Shak.

Syn: To say; tell; talk; converse; discourse; articulate;
pronounce; utter.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Speaking \Speak"ing\, a.
1. Uttering speech; used for conveying speech; as, man is a
speaking animal; a speaking tube.

2. Seeming to be capable of speech; hence, lifelike; as, a
speaking likeness.

{A speaking acquaintance}, a slight acquaintance with a
person, or one which merely permits the exchange of
salutations and remarks on indifferent subjects.

{Speaking trumpet}, an instrument somewhat resembling a
trumpet, by which the sound of the human voice may be so
intensified as to be conveyed to a great distance.

{Speaking tube}, a tube for conveying speech, especially from
one room to another at a distance.

{To be on speaking terms}, to be slightly acquainted.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj 1: capable of or involving speech or speaking; "human
beings--the speaking animals"; "a speaking part in the
play" [syn: {speaking(a)}] [ant: {nonspeaking}]
2: capable of speech; "the speaking animal" [syn: {speaking(a)},
n 1: the utterance of intelligible speech [syn: {speech
2: delivering an address to a public audience; "people came to
see the candidates and hear the speechmaking" [syn: {public
speaking}, {speechmaking}, {oral presentation}]

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