Definitions for: Word


[n] a
[n] the sacred writings of the Christian religion; "he went to carry the Word to the heathen"
[n] new information about specific and timely events; "they awaited news of the outcome"
[n] a secret word or phrase known only to a restricted group; "he forgot the password"
[n] a brief statement; "he didn't say a word about it"
[n] an exchange of views on some topic; "we had a good discussion"; "we had a word or two about it"
[n] a verbal command for action; "when I give the word, charge!"
[n] a promise; "he gave his word"
[n] the divine word of God; the second person in the Trinity (incarnate in Jesus)
[n] a word is a string of bits stored in computer memory; "large computers use words up to 64 bits long"
[v] put into words or an expression; "He formulated his concerns to the board of trustees"



Webster (1913) Definition: Word, n. [AS. word; akin to OFries. & OS. word, D. woord,
G. wort, Icel. or[eth], Sw. & Dan. ord, Goth. wa['u]rd,
OPruss. wirds, Lith. vardas a name, L. verbum a word; or
perhaps to Gr. "rh`twr an orator. Cf. Verb.]
1. The spoken sign of a conception or an idea; an articulate
or vocal sound, or a combination of articulate and vocal
sounds, uttered by the human voice, and by custom
expressing an idea or ideas; a single component part of
human speech or language; a constituent part of a
sentence; a term; a vocable. ``A glutton of words.''
--Piers Plowman.

You cram these words into mine ears, against The
stomach of my sense. --Shak.

Amongst men who confound their ideas with words,
there must be endless disputes. --Locke.

2. Hence, the written or printed character, or combination of
characters, expressing such a term; as, the words on a
page.

3. pl. Talk; discourse; speech; language.

Why should calamity be full of words? --Shak.

Be thy words severe; Sharp as he merits, but the
sword forbear. --Dryden.

4. Account; tidings; message; communication; information; --
used only in the singular.

I pray you . . . bring me word thither How the world
goes. --Shak.

5. Signal; order; command; direction.

Give the word through. --Shak.

6. Language considered as implying the faith or authority of
the person who utters it; statement; affirmation;
declaration; promise.

Obey thy parents; keep thy word justly. --Shak.

I know you brave, and take you at your word.
--Dryden.

I desire not the reader should take my word.
--Dryden.

7. pl. Verbal contention; dispute.

Some words there grew 'twixt Somerset and me.
--Shak.

8. A brief remark or observation; an expression; a phrase,
clause, or short sentence.

All the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this;
Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. --Gal. v.
14.

She said; but at the happy word ``he lives,'' My
father stooped, re-fathered, o'er my wound.
--Tennyson.

There is only one other point on which I offer a
word of remark. --Dickens.

By word of mouth, orally; by actual speaking. --Boyle.

Compound word. See under Compound, a.

Good word, commendation; favorable account. ``And gave the
harmless fellow a good word.'' --Pope.

In a word, briefly; to sum up.

In word, in declaration; in profession. ``Let us not love
in word, . . . but in deed and in truth.'' --1 John iii.
8.

Nuns of the Word Incarnate (R. C. Ch.), an order of nuns
founded in France in 1625, and approved in 1638. The
order, which also exists in the United States, was
instituted for the purpose of doing honor to the ``Mystery
of the Incarnation of the Son of God.''

The word, or The Word. (Theol.)
(a) The gospel message; esp., the Scriptures, as a
revelation of God. ``Bold to speak the word without
fear.'' --Phil. i. 14.
(b) The second person in the Trinity before his
manifestation in time by the incarnation; among those
who reject a Trinity of persons, some one or all of
the divine attributes personified. --John i. 1.

To eat one's words, to retract what has been said.

To have the words for, to speak for; to act as spokesman.
[Obs.] ``Our host hadde the wordes for us all.''
--Chaucer.

Word blindness (Physiol.), inability to understand printed
or written words or symbols, although the person affected
may be able to see quite well, speak fluently, and write
correctly. --Landois & Stirling.

Word deafness (Physiol.), inability to understand spoken
words, though the person affected may hear them and other
sounds, and hence is not deaf.

Word dumbness (Physiol.), inability to express ideas in
verbal language, though the power of speech is unimpaired.


Word for word, in the exact words; verbatim; literally;
exactly; as, to repeat anything word for word.

Word painting, the act of describing an object fully and
vividly by words only, so as to present it clearly to the
mind, as if in a picture.

Word picture, an accurate and vivid description, which
presents an object clearly to the mind, as if in a
picture.

Word square, a series of words so arranged that they can be
read vertically and horizontally with like results.

Note: H E A R T E M B E R A B U S E R E S I N T R E N T (A
word square)

Syn: See Term.


Word, v. i.
To use words, as in discussion; to argue; to dispute. [R.]


Word, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Worded; p. pr. & vb. n.
Wording.]
1. To express in words; to phrase.

The apology for the king is the same, but worded
with greater deference to that great prince.
--Addison.

2. To ply with words; also, to cause to be by the use of a
word or words. [Obs.] --Howell.

3. To flatter with words; to cajole. [Obs.] --Shak.

To word it, to bandy words; to dispute. [Obs.] ``To word it
with a shrew.'' --L'Estrange.

Synonyms: articulate, Bible, Book, countersign, discussion, formulate, give-and-take, Good Book, Holy Scripture, Holy Writ, intelligence, Logos, news, parole, password, phrase, Scripture, Son, tidings, watchword, Word of God, word of honor

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