from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A sound or a combination of sounds, or its representation in writing or printing, that symbolizes and communicates a meaning and may consist of a single morpheme or of a combination of morphemes.
- noun Something said; an utterance, remark, or comment.
- noun A command or direction; an order.
- noun An assurance or promise; sworn intention.
- noun A verbal signal; a password or watchword.
- noun Discourse or talk; speech.
- noun Music The text of a vocal composition; lyrics.
- noun Hostile or angry remarks made back and forth.
- noun News.
- noun Rumor.
- noun Used euphemistically in combination with the initial letter of a term that is considered offensive or taboo or that one does not want to utter.
- noun The Scriptures; the Bible.
- noun Computers A set of bits that is of a fixed size and is typically operated on by a computer's processor.
- transitive verb To express in words.
- interjection Slang Used to express approval or an affirmative response to something. Sometimes used with up.
- idiom (at a word) In immediate response.
- idiom (good word) A favorable comment.
- idiom (good word) Favorable news.
- idiom (have a word with) To have a brief conversation with (someone); speak to.
- idiom (have no words for) To be unable to describe or talk about.
- idiom (in a word) In short; in summary.
- idiom (in so many words) In precisely those words; exactly.
- idiom (in so many words) Speaking candidly and straightforwardly.
- idiom (of few words) Not conversational or loquacious; laconic.
- idiom (of (one's) word) Displaying personal dependability.
- idiom (take at (someone's) word) To be convinced of another's sincerity and act in accord with his or her statement.
- idiom (take (someone's) word for it) To believe what someone says without investigating further.
- idiom (upon my word) Indeed; really.
from The Century Dictionary.
- To express in words; phrase.
- To ply with or overpower by words; talk.
- To flatter; cajole.
- To make or unmake by a word or command.
- To speak; talk; converse; discourse.
- noun A sound, or combination of sounds, used in any language as the sign of a conception, or of a conception together with its grammatical relations; the smallest bit of human language forming a grammatical part of speech; a vocable; a term.
- noun The letter or letters or other characters, written or printed, which represent such a vocable: as, a word misprinted.
- noun Speech; talk; discourse; conversation: commonly in the plural.
- noun Saying; remark; expression: as, a word of comfort or sympathy; a word of reproach.
- noun A symbol of thought, as distinguished from thought itself; sound as opposed to sense.
- noun Intelligence; information; tidings; report: without an article, and used only as a singular: as, to send word of one's arrival.
- noun An expression of will or decision; an injunction; command; order.
- noun A password; a watchword; a war-cry; a signal, or term of recognition, even when consisting of several words.
- noun A brief or pithy remark or saying; a proverb; a motto.
- noun Affirmation; promise; obligation; good faith; a term or phrase implying or containing an assertion, declaration, assurance, or the like, which involves the faith or honor of the utterer of it: with a possessive: as, I pledge you my word; on my word, sir.
- noun Utterances or terms interchanged expressive of anger, contention, or reproach: in the plural, and often qualified by high, hot, hard, sharp, or the like.
- noun In theology:
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
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There is an important and very common use of the word ˜word™ that lexicographers and the rest of us use frequently.
Types and Tokens Wetzel, Linda 2006
Use an underscore before and after a word to show it in italics. _word
Get GMail Invites on U.S. Cell Phones Chirayu 2005
Use an asterix before and after a word to make it bold. *word*
Get GMail Invites on U.S. Cell Phones Chirayu 2005
Do not make the last word of each line _emphatic_, unless it is really an _emphatic word_.
New National Fourth Reader J. Marshall Hawkes
In practice, an adverb is often used to qualify a remote word, where the latter is _more emphatic than any nearer word_.
How to Write Clearly Rules and Exercises on English Composition Edwin A. Abbott
_Brackets_ include a word or words mentioned as a matter of discourse, as, _The little word_ [man] _makes a great noise_, &c.
In one of the most remarkable of his lyrics (like this poem, a song of spring), Tennyson has come very near, as near perhaps as it is possible to do in words, towards explaining the actual process through which poetry comes into existence: _The fairy fancies range, and lightly stirr'd, Ring little bells of change from word to word_.
Latin Literature 1902
At length Cameron stood up, and said to his men in a quiet tone, "Be ready, lads, for instant action; when I give the word ` Up, 'spring to your feet and cock your guns, but _don't fire a shot till you get the word_."
If this were the correct derivation, we should expect to find _sinecere_, for the _e_ would scarcely be dropped; just as we have the English word _sinecure_, which is the only compound of the preposition _sine_ I know; and is itself _not a Latin word_, but of a later coinage.
The true word of a Mason is, not the entire, perfect, absolute truth in regard to God; but the highest and noblest conception of Him that our minds are capable of forming; and this _word_ is Ineffable, because one man cannot communicate to another his own conception of Deity; since every man's conception of God must be proportioned to his mental cultivation, and intellectual powers, and moral excellence.