Definition of language. Meaning of language. Synonyms of language

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Definition of language

Language
Language Lan"guage, n. [OE. langage, F. langage, fr. L. lingua the tongue, hence speech, language; akin to E. tongue. See Tongue, cf. Lingual.] 1. Any means of conveying or communicating ideas; specifically, human speech; the expression of ideas by the voice; sounds, expressive of thought, articulated by the organs of the throat and mouth. Note: Language consists in the oral utterance of sounds which usage has made the representatives of ideas. When two or more persons customarily annex the same sounds to the same ideas, the expression of these sounds by one person communicates his ideas to another. This is the primary sense of language, the use of which is to communicate the thoughts of one person to another through the organs of hearing. Articulate sounds are represented to the eye by letters, marks, or characters, which form words. 2. The expression of ideas by writing, or any other instrumentality. 3. The forms of speech, or the methods of expressing ideas, peculiar to a particular nation. 4. The characteristic mode of arranging words, peculiar to an individual speaker or writer; manner of expression; style. Others for language all their care express. --Pope. 5. The inarticulate sounds by which animals inferior to man express their feelings or their wants. 6. The suggestion, by objects, actions, or conditions, of ideas associated therewith; as, the language of flowers. There was . . . language in their very gesture. --Shak. 7. The vocabulary and phraseology belonging to an art or department of knowledge; as, medical language; the language of chemistry or theology. 8. A race, as distinguished by its speech. [R.] All the people, the nations, and the languages, fell down and worshiped the golden image. --Dan. iii. 7. Language master, a teacher of languages. [Obs.] Syn: Speech; tongue; idiom; dialect; phraseology; diction; discourse; conversation; talk. Usage: Language, Speech, Tongue, Idiom, Dialect. Language is generic, denoting, in its most extended use, any mode of conveying ideas; speech is the language of articulate sounds; tongue is the Anglo-Saxon tern for language, esp. for spoken language; as, the English tongue. Idiom denotes the forms of construction peculiar to a particular language; dialects are varieties if expression which spring up in different parts of a country among people speaking substantially the same language.
Language
Language Lan"guage, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Languaged; p. pr. & vb. n. Languaging.] To communicate by language; to express in language. Others were languaged in such doubtful expressions that they have a double sense. --Fuller.

Meaning of language from wikipedia

- Language is the ability to acquire and use complex systems of communication, particularly the human ability to do so, and a language is any specific example...
- as the breeding ground for the group of writers who became known as the Language poets. "L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E Magazine". Eclipse Archive. Retrieved March...
- A sign language (also signed language) is a language which chiefly uses manual communication to convey meaning, as opposed to spoken language. This can...
- A language family is a group of languages related through descent from a common ancestral language or parental language, called the proto-language of that...
- programming language is a formal language that specifies a set of instructions that can be used to produce various kinds of output. Programming languages generally...
- In linguistics, language death (also language extinction (the language is no longer spoken) or linguicide (death of a language from natural or political...
- A planned or constructed language (sometimes called a conlang) is a language whose phonology, grammar, and vocabulary have been consciously devised for...
- A sacred language, "holy language" (in religious context) or liturgical language is any language that is cultivated and used primarily in religious service...
- A first language, native language or mother tongue (also known as father tongue, arterial language or L1) is a language that a person has been exposed...
- [fɒːɾˈsiː] ( listen)), is one of the Western Iranian languages within the Indo-Iranian branch of the Indo-European language family. It is primarily spoken in Iran,...