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Definition 1: the flap of material under the laces of a shoe or boot - [noun denoting artifact]

(tongue is a kind of ...) any broad thin and limber covering attached at one edge; hangs loose or projects freely

"he wrote on the flap of the envelope"

(... is part of tongue) footwear that covers the whole foot and lower leg

(... is part of tongue) footwear shaped to fit the foot (below the ankle) with a flexible upper of leather or plastic and a sole and heel of heavier material

Definition 2: metal striker that hangs inside a bell and makes a sound by hitting the side - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for tongue in the sense of this definition

(tongue is a kind of ...) the part of a mechanical device that strikes something

(... is part of tongue) a hollow device made of metal that makes a ringing sound when struck

Definition 3: a mobile mass of muscular tissue covered with mucous membrane and located in the oral cavity - [noun denoting body]

Synonyms for tongue in the sense of this definition

(tongue is a kind of ...) a fully differentiated structural and functional unit in an animal that is specialized for some particular function

(tongue is a kind of ...) a movable speech organ

(tongue is a part of ...) an oval sensory end organ on the surface of the tongue

(... is part of tongue) the opening through which food is taken in and vocalizations emerge

"he stuffed his mouth with candy"

(... is part of tongue) the passage to the stomach and lungs; in the front part of the neck below the chin and above the collarbone

Definition 4: a human written or spoken language used by a community; opposed to e.g. a computer language - [noun denoting communication]

Synonyms for tongue in the sense of this definition

(tongue is a kind of ...) a systematic means of communicating by the use of sounds or conventional symbols

"he taught foreign languages" "the language introduced is standard throughout the text" "the speed with which a program can be executed depends on the language in which it is written"

(... is a kind of tongue ) the family of languages that by 1000 BC were spoken throughout Europe and in parts of southwestern and southern Asia

(... is a kind of tongue ) a (postulated) group of languages including many of the indigenous languages of Russia (but not Russian)

(... is a kind of tongue ) the language of the Basque people; of no known relation to any other language

(... is a kind of tongue ) an extinct ancient language of unknown affinities; spoken by the Elamites

(... is a kind of tongue ) an ancient language spoken by the Kassites

(... is a kind of tongue ) a number of languages spoken in the Caucasus that are unrelated to languages spoken elsewhere

(... is a kind of tongue ) a large family of languages spoken in south and central India and Sri Lanka

(... is a kind of tongue ) a large family of related languages spoken both in Asia and Africa

(... is a kind of tongue ) the family of languages that includes most of the languages spoken in Africa south of the Sahara; the majority of them are tonal languages but there are important exceptions (e.g., Swahili or Fula)

(... is a kind of tongue ) a family of languages spoken in southern Africa

(... is a kind of tongue ) any of the indigenous languages spoken in Papua New Guinea or New Britain or the Solomon Islands that are not Malayo-Polynesian languages

(... is a kind of tongue ) the family of languages spoken in Australia and Formosa and Malaysia and Polynesia

(... is a kind of tongue ) one's native language; the language learned by children and passed from one generation to the next

(... is a kind of tongue ) a language in which different tones distinguish different meanings

(... is a kind of tongue ) a mother tongue that originates from contact between two languages

(... is a kind of tongue ) any of the languages spoken by Amerindians

(... is a kind of tongue ) the family of languages that includes Eskimo and Aleut

(... is a kind of tongue ) an indigenous and isolated language of unknown origin spoken by the Chukchi that is pronounced differently by men and women

(... is a kind of tongue ) the family of tonal languages spoken in eastern Asia

(... is a kind of tongue ) a family of languages spoken in southern and southeastern Asia

(... is a kind of tongue ) a language of uncertain affiliation spoken by the Hmong

(... is a kind of tongue ) a family of East African languages spoken by Nilotic peoples from the Sahara south to Kenya and Tanzania

Definition 5: a manner of speaking - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where tongue or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he spoke with a thick tongue
  • she has a glib tongue

(tongue is a kind of ...) 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"

(... is a kind of tongue ) a bitter or critical manner of speaking

Definition 6: the tongue of certain animals used as meat - [noun denoting food]

(tongue is a kind of ...) edible viscera of a butchered animal

(... is a kind of tongue ) the tongue of a cow eaten as meat

(... is a kind of tongue ) the tongue of a calf eaten as meat

Definition 7: a narrow strip of land that juts out into the sea - [noun denoting object]

Synonyms for tongue in the sense of this definition

(tongue is a kind of ...) a strip of land projecting into a body of water

(tongue is made of the substance ...) a loose material consisting of grains of rock or coral

Definition 8: any long thin projection that is transient - [noun denoting shape]

Samples where tongue or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • tongues of flame licked at the walls
  • rifles exploded quick knives of fire into the dark

Synonyms for tongue in the sense of this definition

(tongue is a kind of ...) any solid convex shape that juts out from something

Definition 9: lick or explore with the tongue - [verb of contact]

(tongue is a kind of ...) pass the tongue over

"the dog licked her hand"

Definition 10: articulate by tonguing, as when playing wind instruments - [verb of creation]

(tongue is a kind of ...) replay (as a melody)

"Play it again, Sam" "She played the third movement very beautifully"

(... is a kind of tongue ) play fast notes on a wind instrument

(tongue belongs to category ...) musical activity (singing or whistling etc.)

"his music was his central interest"

(tongue belongs to category ...) (music) the sounds produced by singers or musical instruments (or reproductions of such sounds)

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