[syn: language, speech]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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
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.
3. A particular language, as distinct from others; a tongue;
People of a strange speech and of an hard language.
4. Talk; mention; common saying.
The duke . . . did of me demand
What was the speech among the Londoners
Concerning the French journey. --Shak.
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.
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Speech \Speech\, v. i. & t.
To make a speech; to harangue. [R.]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: the act of delivering a formal spoken communication to an
audience; "he listened to an address on minor Roman poets"
[syn: address, speech]
2: (language) communication by word of mouth; "his speech was
garbled"; "he uttered harsh language"; "he recorded the
spoken language of the streets" [syn: speech, speech
communication, spoken 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, speech,
6: a lengthy rebuke; "a good lecture was my father's idea of
discipline"; "the teacher gave him a talking to" [syn:
lecture, speech, talking to]
7: words making up the dialogue of a play; "the actor forgot his
speech" [syn: actor's line, speech, words]
8: the mental faculty or power of vocal communication; "language
sets homo sapiens apart from all other animals" [syn:
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
229 Moby Thesaurus words for "speech":
ESP, address, after-dinner speech, alliteration, allocution,
allusion, anacoluthon, anadiplosis, analogy, anaphora, anastrophe,
answer, answering, antiphrasis, antithesis, antonomasia, apophasis,
aporia, aposiopesis, apostrophe, articulated, articulation, blast,
bull session, catachresis, chalk talk, chiasmus, chinfest,
choice of words, circumlocution, climax, commerce, communicating,
communication, communicational, communion, communional,
composition, confab, confabulation, congress, connection, contact,
conversation, conversational, converse, conversion, correspondence,
dealing, dealings, debate, declamation, dialect, dialogue,
diatribe, diction, discourse, disquisition, duologue, ecphonesis,
elocution, emphasis, enunciated, enunciation, eulogy, exchange,
exclamation, exhortation, expression, filibuster, forensic,
forensic address, formal speech, formulation, funeral oration,
gemination, grammar, harangue, homily, hortatory address,
hypallage, hyperbaton, hyperbole, idiom, inaugural,
inaugural address, information, interacting, interaction,
interactional, interactive, interchange, intercommunication,
intercommunicational, intercommunicative, intercommunion,
intercommunional, intercourse, interplay, interresponsive,
interrogative, interrogatory, invective, inversion, irony, jargon,
jeremiad, language, langue, lecture, line, lingo, lingua, lingual,
linguistic, linguistic intercourse, litotes, locution, malapropism,
meiosis, message, metaphor, metonymy, nuncupative, onomatopoeia,
oral, oral communication, oration, oxymoron, palaver, paregmenon,
parenthesis, parlance, parley, parol, parole, pep talk,
periphrasis, peroration, personal usage, personification,
philippic, phrase, phraseology, phrasing, pitch, pleonasm,
prepared speech, prepared text, preterition, prolepsis, pronounced,
public speech, question-and-answer session, questioning, reading,
recital, recitation, regression, repetition, reply, response,
responsive, rhetoric, said, sales pitch, sales talk, salutatory,
salutatory address, sarcasm, say, screed, sermon, set speech,
simile, similitude, social intercourse, song and dance, sounded,
speaking, speech circuit, speech situation, speechification,
speeching, spiel, spoken, spoonerism, syllepsis, symploce,
synecdoche, talk, talkathon, talkfest, talking, telepathic,
telepathy, tirade, tongue, touch, traffic, transmissional,
trialogue, truck, two-way communication, unwritten, usage,
use of words, usus loquendi, utterance, uttered, valediction,
valedictory, valedictory address, verbal, verbalization, verbiage,
vernacular, viva voce, vocal, vocalization, vocalized, voice,
voiced, voiceful, voicing, wordage, wording, words, zeugma
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):
SPEECH. A formal discourse in public.
2. The liberty of speech is guaranteed to members of the legislature,
to counsel in court in debate.
3. The reduction of a speech to writing and its publication is a libel,
if the matter contained in it is libelous; and the repetition of it upon
occasions not warranted by law, when the matter is slanderous, will be
slander and. tho character of the speaker will be no protection to him from
an action. 1 M. & S. 273; 1 Esp. C. 226 Bouv. Inst. Index, h.t. See Debate;
Liberty of speech.