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Definition 1: a unit of language that native speakers can identify - [noun denoting communication]

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

  • words are the blocks from which sentences are made
  • he hardly said ten words all morning

(word is a kind of ...) one of the natural units into which linguistic messages can be analyzed

(... is a kind of word ) word having stress or acute accent on the antepenult

(... is a kind of word ) a word of more than three syllables

(... is a kind of word ) a word having more than one meaning

(... is a kind of word ) word (such a `some' or `less') that is used to indicate a part as distinct from a whole

(... is a kind of word ) word having stress or acute accent on the next to last syllable

(... is a kind of word ) a word serving as the basis for inflected or derived forms

"`pick' is the primitive from which `picket' is derived"

(... is a kind of word ) a word or phrase that reads the same backward as forward

(... is a kind of word ) word having stress or an acute accent on the last syllable

(... is a kind of word ) a word with a special meaning used for a special occasion

(... is a kind of word ) a newly invented word or phrase

(... is a kind of word ) a word or utterance of one syllable

(... is a kind of word ) a word that denotes one thing but refers to a related thing

"Washington is a metonym for the United States government" "plastic is a metonym for credit card"

(... is a kind of word ) (grammar) a word that expresses a quantity (as `fifteen' or `many')

(... is a kind of word ) (logic) a word (such as `some' or `all' or `no') that binds the variables in a logical proposition

(... is a kind of word ) a syncategorematic expression; a word that cannot be used alone as a term in a logical proposition

"logical quantifiers, adverbs, prepositions, and conjunctions are called syncategoremes"

(... is a kind of word ) the written form of a word

"while the spoken word stands for something, the written word stands for something that stands for something" "a craftsman of the written word"

(... is a kind of word ) a word or morpheme used in some languages in certain contexts (such as counting) to indicate the semantic class to which the counted item belongs

(... is a kind of word ) a word that is spoken aloud

(... is a kind of word ) a word that denotes a manner of doing something

"`march' is a troponym of `walk'"

(... is a kind of word ) a word having three syllables

(... is a kind of word ) a system of words used to name things in a particular discipline

"legal terminology" "biological nomenclature" "the language of sociology"

(... is a kind of word ) a word or expression used for some particular thing

"he learned many medical terms"

(... is a kind of word ) two words that can be interchanged in a context are said to be synonymous relative to that context

(... is a kind of word ) any word or group of words functioning as a noun

(... is a kind of word ) a word introduced because an existing term has become inadequate

"Nobody ever heard of analog clocks until digital clocks became common, so `analog clock' is a retronym"

(... is a kind of word ) a word formed by or containing a repeated syllable or speech sound (usually at the beginning of the word)

(... is a kind of word ) a word that names a part of a larger whole

"`brim' and `crown' are meronyms of `hat'"

(... is a kind of word ) a word borrowed from another language; e.g. `blitz' is a German word borrowed into modern English

(... is a kind of word ) a word that is composed of parts from different languages (e.g., `monolingual' has a Greek prefix and a Latin root)

(... is a kind of word ) a word that is formed with a suffix (such as -let or -kin) to indicate smallness

(... is a kind of word ) (linguistics) a word that is derived from another word

"`electricity' is a derivative of `electric'"

(... is a kind of word ) a word specifying identity or spatial or temporal location from the perspective of a speaker or hearer in the context in which the communication occurs

"words that introduce particulars of the speaker's and hearer's shared cognitive field into the message"

(... is a kind of word ) a word formed from two or more words by omitting or combining some sounds

"`won't' is a contraction of `will not'" "`o'clock' is a contraction of `of the clock'"

(... is a kind of word ) a word to which an independent meaning can be assigned

(... is a kind of word ) a word is cognate with another if both derive from the same word in an ancestral language

(... is a kind of word ) a word acted out in an episode of the game of charades

(... is a kind of word ) a word invented (usually unwittingly by subtracting an affix) on the assumption that a familiar word derives from it

(... is a kind of word ) a word that strongly resembles another word in spelling

(... is a kind of word ) a word that expresses a meaning opposed to the meaning of another word, in which case the two words are antonyms of each other

"to him the antonym of `gay' was `depressed'"

(... is a kind of word ) a word (such as a pronoun) used to avoid repetition; the referent of an anaphor is determined by its antecedent

(... is a kind of word ) a word that is considered to be unmentionable

"`failure' is a dirty word to him"

(... is a kind of word ) a word having two syllables

(... is a kind of word ) the phonological or orthographic sound or appearance of a word that can be used to describe or identify something

"the inflected forms of a word can be represented by a stem and a list of inflections to be attached"

(... is a kind of word ) a significant word used in indexing or cataloging

(... is a kind of word ) a word that is more specific than a given word

(... is a kind of word ) a word that is more generic than a given word

(... is a kind of word ) two words are homonyms if they are pronounced and spelled the same way but have different meanings

(... is a kind of word ) a word that names the whole of which a given word is a part

"`hat' is a holonym for `brim' and `crown'"

(... is a kind of word ) two words are heteronyms if they are spelled the same way but differ in pronunciation

"the word `bow' is an example of a heteronym"

(... is a kind of word ) a word placed at the beginning of a line or paragraph (as in a dictionary entry)

(... is a kind of word ) (grammar) the word in a grammatical constituent that plays the same grammatical role as the whole constituent

(... is a kind of word ) a word printed at the top of the page of a dictionary or other reference book to indicate the first or last item on that page

(... is a kind of word ) a word that is uninflected and serves a grammatical function but has little identifiable meaning

(... is a kind of word ) any of several short English words (often having 4 letters) generally regarded as obscene or offensive

(... is a kind of word ) a word or phrase spelled by rearranging the letters of another word or phrase

(word is a part of ...) a unit of spoken language larger than a phoneme

"the word `pocket' has two syllables"

(word is a part of ...) a linguistic element added to a word to produce an inflected or derived form

Definition 2: a promise - [noun denoting communication]

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

  • he gave his word

Synonyms for word in the sense of this definition

(word is a kind of ...) a verbal commitment by one person to another agreeing to do (or not to do) something in the future

Definition 3: information about recent and important events - [noun denoting communication]

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

  • they awaited news of the outcome

Synonyms for word in the sense of this definition

(word is a kind of ...) a message received and understood

(... is a kind of word ) good news

(... is a kind of word ) the most recent news or development

"have you heard the latest?"

Definition 4: a brief statement - [noun denoting communication]

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

  • he didn't say a word about it

(word is a kind of ...) a message that is stated or declared; a communication (oral or written) setting forth particulars or facts etc

"according to his statement he was in London on that day"

Definition 5: an exchange of views on some topic - [noun denoting communication]

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

  • we had a good discussion
  • we had a word or two about it

Synonyms for word in the sense of this definition

(word is a kind of ...) (language) communication by word of mouth

"his speech was garbled" "he uttered harsh language" "he recorded the spoken language of the streets"

(... is a kind of word ) a discussion in which reasons are advanced for and against some proposition or proposal

"the argument over foreign aid goes on and on"

(... is a kind of word ) (usually plural) discussion of all sides of a question

"the deliberations of the jury"

(... is a kind of word ) a discussion among participants who have an agreed (serious) topic

(... is a kind of word ) discussion of a subject of public interest by a group of persons forming a panel usually before an audience

(... is a kind of word ) discussion of an event after it has occurred

(... is a kind of word ) free and open discussion of (or debate on) some question of public interest

"such a proposal deserves thorough public discussion"

(... is a kind of word ) a discussion intended to produce an agreement

"the buyout negotiation lasted several days" "they disagreed but kept an open dialogue" "talks between Israelis and Palestinians"

Definition 6: a secret word or phrase known only to a restricted group - [noun denoting communication]

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

  • he forgot the password

Synonyms for word in the sense of this definition

(word is a kind of ...) information known only to a special group

"the secret of Cajun cooking"

(word is a kind of ...) evidence proving that you are who you say you are; evidence establishing that you are among the group of people already known to the system; recognition by the system leads to acceptance

"a system for positive identification can prevent the use of a single identity by several people"

Definition 7: a verbal command for action - [noun denoting communication]

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

  • when I give the word, charge!

(word is a kind of ...) (often plural) a command given by a superior (e.g., a military or law enforcement officer) that must be obeyed

"the British ships dropped anchor and waited for orders from London"

Definition 8: the sacred writings of the Christian religions - [noun denoting communication]

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

  • he went to carry the Word to the heathen

Synonyms for word in the sense of this definition

(word is a kind of ...) writing that is venerated for the worship of a deity

(... is a kind of word ) a large Bible with pages to record marriages and births

(... is an instance of word) a revision of the American Standard Version

(... is an instance of word) a revised version of the King James Version

(... is an instance of word) a modern English version of the Bible and Apocrypha

(... is an instance of word) a British revision of the Authorized Version

(... is an instance of word) an English translation of the Bible published in 1611

(... is an instance of word) an English translation of the Vulgate by Roman Catholic scholars

(... is an instance of word) the Latin edition of the Bible translated from Hebrew and Greek mainly by St. Jerome at the end of the 4th century; as revised in 1592 it was adopted as the official text for the Roman Catholic Church

(word is a part of ...) a passage from the Bible that is used as the subject of a sermon

"the preacher chose a text from Psalms to introduce his sermon"

(word is a part of ...) the collection of books of the Gospels, Acts of the Apostles, the Pauline and other epistles, and Revelation; composed soon after Christ's death; the second half of the Christian Bible

(word is a part of ...) either of the two main parts of the Christian Bible

(word is a part of ...) the collection of books comprising the sacred scripture of the Hebrews and recording their history as the chosen people; the first half of the Christian Bible

(word is the domain which ... is member of) (Bible) an agreement between God and his people in which God makes certain promises and requires certain behavior from them in return

(word is the domain which ... is member of) personal interpretation of a text (especially of the Bible) using your own ideas

(word is the domain which ... is member of) an explanation or critical interpretation (especially of the Bible)

(word is the domain which ... is member of) (Bible) the archangel who was the messenger of God

(word is the domain which ... is member of) (Biblical) the great deluge that is said in the Book of Genesis to have occurred in the time of Noah; it was brought by God upon the earth because of the wickedness of human beings

(word is the domain which ... is member of) remove the mythical element from (writings)

"the Bible should be demythologized and examined for its historical value"

Definition 9: the divine word of God; the second person in the Trinity (incarnate in Jesus) - [noun denoting person]

Synonyms for word in the sense of this definition

(word is an instance of ...) any of the three persons of the Godhead constituting the Trinity especially the person of Christ in which divine and human natures are united

(... is an instance of word) Jesus Christ; considered by Christians to be the promised deliverer

(... is an instance of word) a teacher and prophet born in Bethlehem and active in Nazareth; his life and sermons form the basis for Christianity (circa 4 BC - AD 29)

Definition 10: a string of bits stored in computer memory - [noun denoting quantity]

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

  • large computers use words up to 64 bits long

(word is a kind of ...) a unit for measuring computer memory

(word is a part of ...) a sequence of 8 bits (enough to represent one character of alphanumeric data) processed as a single unit of information

(... is part of word) a unit of information equal to 1024 bytes

Definition 11: put into words or an expression - [verb of communication]

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

  • He formulated his concerns to the board of trustees

Synonyms for word in the sense of this definition

(word is a kind of ...) give expression to

"She showed her disappointment"

(... is a kind of word ) direct or put; seek an answer to

"ask a question"

(... is a kind of word ) make or coin into a word or accept a new word into the lexicon of a language

"The concept expressed by German `Gemuetlichkeit' is not lexicalized in English"

(... is a kind of word ) state as a dogma

(... is a kind of word ) express as a formula

(... is a kind of word ) formulate in a particular style or language

"I wouldn't put it that way" "She cast her request in very polite language"

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