Hypertext Webster Gateway: "speech"

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

Speech \Speech\, n. [OE. speche, AS. sp?c, spr?, fr. specan,
sprecan, to speak; akin to D. spraak speech, OHG. spr[=a]hha,
G. sprache, Sw. spr?k, Dan. sprog. See {Speak}.]
1. The faculty of uttering articulate sounds or words; the
faculty of expressing thoughts by words or articulate
sounds; the power of speaking.

There is none comparable to the variety of
instructive expressions by speech, wherewith man
alone is endowed for the communication of his
thoughts. --Holder.

2. he act of speaking; that which is spoken; words, as
expressing ideas; language; conversation.

Note: Speech is voice modulated by the throat, tongue, lips,
etc., the modulation being accomplished by changing the
form of the cavity of the mouth and nose through the
action of muscles which move their walls.

O goode God! how gentle and how kind Ye seemed by
your speech and your visage The day that maked
was our marriage. --Chaucer.

The acts of God . . . to human ears Can nort
without process of speech be told. --Milton.

3. A particular language, as distinct from others; a tongue;
a dialect.

People of a strange speech and of an hard language.
--Ezek. iii.

4. Talk; mention; common saying.

The duke . . . did of me demand What was the speech
among the Londoners Concerning the French journey.

5. formal discourse in public; oration; harangue.

The constant design of these orators, in all their
speeches, was to drive some one particular point.

6. ny declaration of thoughts.

I. with leave of speech implored, . . . replied.

Syn: Syn. Harangue; language; address; oration. See
{Harangue}, and {Language}.

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

Speech \Speech\, v. i. & t.
To make a speech; to harangue. [R.]

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: a formal spoken communication delivered to an audience; "he
listened to an address on minor Roman poets" [syn: {address}]
2: communication by word of mouth; "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" [syn: {speech
communication}, {spoken language}, {language}, {voice
communication}, {oral communication}]
3: something spoken; "he could hear them uttering merry
4: the exchange of spoken words; "they were perfectly
comfortable together without speech"
5: your characteristic style or manner of expressing yourself
orally; "his manner of speaking was quite abrupt"; "her
speech was barren of southernisms"; "I detected a slight
accent in his speech" [syn: {manner of speaking}, {delivery}]
6: a lengthy rebuke; "a good lecture was my father's idea of
discipline"; "the teacher gave him a talking to" [syn: {lecture},
{talking to}]
7: words making up the dialogue of a play; "the actor forgot
his lines" [syn: {actor's line}, {words}]
8: the mental faculty or power of vocal communication;
"language sets homo sapiens apart from all other animals"
[syn: {language}]

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