Word definition: speech

Defiintion of speech:

[n] the mental faculty or power of vocal communication; "language sets homo sapiens apart from all other animals"
[n] something spoken; "he could hear them uttering merry speeches"
[n] a lengthy rebuke; "a good lecture was my father's idea of discipline"; "the teacher gave him a talking to"
[n] words making up the dialogue of a play; "the actor forgot his lines"
[n] 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"
[n] communication by word of mouth; "his speech was slurred"; "the telephone greatly increased the range of speech communication"; "he uttered harsh language"; "he recorded the spoken language of the streets"
[n] the exchange of spoken words; "they were perfectly comfortable together without speech"
[n] the act of delivering a formal spoken communication to an audience; "he listened to an address on minor Roman poets"

Synonyms of speech:

actor's line, delivery, language, language, lecture, manner of speaking, oral communication, speech communication, spoken communication, spoken language, talking to, voice communication, words

Antonyms of speech:


See Also:

address, allocution, aside, auditory communication, body, catch, charm, close, closing, colloquium, conclusion, conversation, cue, curtain lecture, dialog, dialogue, dictation, discourse, discussion, dithyramb, elocution, end, ending, epilog, epilogue, expression, expressive style, faculty, Gettysburg Address, give-and-take, idiolect, impromptu, inaugural, inaugural address, inflection, introduction, lexicon, lexis, line, litany, locution, magic spell, mental faculty, mental lexicon, modulation, module, monologue, non-standard speech, oral presentation, oratory, paralanguage, paralinguistic communication, preaching, pronunciation, prosody, public lecture, public speaking, rebuke, reprehension, reprimand, reproof, reproval, saying, sermon, shibboleth, soliloquy, speaking, speech act, speech production, speechmaking, spell, style, talk, throwaway, tone, tone of voice, tongue, utterance, vocabulary, vocalization, word

Webster Dictionary (1913) for 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
         thoughts.                             --Holder.

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. --Milton.

3. A particular language, as distinct from others; a tongue;
   a dialect.

         People of a strange speech and of an hard language.
                                               --Ezek. iii.
                                               6.

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.
                                               --Swift.

6. ny declaration of thoughts.

         I. with leave of speech implored, . . . replied.
                                               --Milton.

Syn: Syn. Harangue; language; address; oration. See
     {Harangue}, and {Language}.

\Speech\, v. i. & t. To make a speech; to harangue. [R.]