What does language mean?

Definitions for language
?l?? gw?d?lan·guage

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. language, linguistic communication(noun)

    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"

  2. speech, speech communication, spoken communication, spoken language, language, voice communication, oral communication(noun)

    (language) communication by word of mouth

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

  3. lyric, words, language(noun)

    the text of a popular song or musical-comedy number

    "his compositions always started with the lyrics"; "he wrote both words and music"; "the song uses colloquial language"

  4. linguistic process, language(noun)

    the cognitive processes involved in producing and understanding linguistic communication

    "he didn't have the language to express his feelings"

  5. language, speech(noun)

    the mental faculty or power of vocal communication

    "language sets homo sapiens apart from all other animals"

  6. terminology, nomenclature, language(noun)

    a system of words used to name things in a particular discipline

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

GCIDE

  1. Language(n.)

    Any system of symbols created for the purpose of communicating ideas, emotions, commands, etc., between sentient agents.

    Etymology: [OE. langage, F. langage, fr. L. lingua the tongue, hence speech, language; akin to E. tongue. See Tongue, cf. Lingual.]

  2. Language(n.)

    Specifically: (computers) Any set of symbols and the rules for combining them which are used to specify to a computer the actions that it is to take; also referred to as a computer lanugage or programming language; as, JAVA is a new and flexible high-level language which has achieved popularity very rapidly.

    Etymology: [OE. langage, F. langage, fr. L. lingua the tongue, hence speech, language; akin to E. tongue. See Tongue, cf. Lingual.]

Wiktionary

  1. language(Noun)

    A form of communication using words either spoken or gestured with the hands and structured with grammar, often with a writing system.

  2. language(Noun)

    The ability to communicate using words.

    the gift of language

  3. language(Noun)

    Nonverbal communication.

    body language

  4. language(Noun)

    A computer language.

  5. language(Noun)

    The vocabulary and usage used in a particular specialist field.

    legal language

  6. language(Noun)

    The particular words used in speech or a passage of text.

  7. language(Noun)

    Profanity.

  8. language(Noun)

    Words, written or spoken, in a specific sequence that a person uses to describe, to a another person, the type of thoughts in their mind.

  9. language(Verb)

    To communicate by language; to express in language.

    Others were languaged in such doubtful expressions that they have a double sense. uE0004411uE001 Fuller.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Language(noun)

    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

    Etymology: [OE. langage, F. langage, fr. L. lingua the tongue, hence speech, language; akin to E. tongue. See Tongue, cf. Lingual.]

  2. Language(noun)

    the expression of ideas by writing, or any other instrumentality

    Etymology: [OE. langage, F. langage, fr. L. lingua the tongue, hence speech, language; akin to E. tongue. See Tongue, cf. Lingual.]

  3. Language(noun)

    the forms of speech, or the methods of expressing ideas, peculiar to a particular nation

    Etymology: [OE. langage, F. langage, fr. L. lingua the tongue, hence speech, language; akin to E. tongue. See Tongue, cf. Lingual.]

  4. Language(noun)

    the characteristic mode of arranging words, peculiar to an individual speaker or writer; manner of expression; style

    Etymology: [OE. langage, F. langage, fr. L. lingua the tongue, hence speech, language; akin to E. tongue. See Tongue, cf. Lingual.]

  5. Language(noun)

    the inarticulate sounds by which animals inferior to man express their feelings or their wants

    Etymology: [OE. langage, F. langage, fr. L. lingua the tongue, hence speech, language; akin to E. tongue. See Tongue, cf. Lingual.]

  6. Language(noun)

    the suggestion, by objects, actions, or conditions, of ideas associated therewith; as, the language of flowers

    Etymology: [OE. langage, F. langage, fr. L. lingua the tongue, hence speech, language; akin to E. tongue. See Tongue, cf. Lingual.]

  7. Language(noun)

    the vocabulary and phraseology belonging to an art or department of knowledge; as, medical language; the language of chemistry or theology

    Etymology: [OE. langage, F. langage, fr. L. lingua the tongue, hence speech, language; akin to E. tongue. See Tongue, cf. Lingual.]

  8. Language(noun)

    a race, as distinguished by its speech

    Etymology: [OE. langage, F. langage, fr. L. lingua the tongue, hence speech, language; akin to E. tongue. See Tongue, cf. Lingual.]

  9. Language(verb)

    to communicate by language; to express in language

    Etymology: [OE. langage, F. langage, fr. L. lingua the tongue, hence speech, language; akin to E. tongue. See Tongue, cf. Lingual.]

Freebase

  1. Language

    the type of which all languages are instances

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Language

    lang′gwāj, n. that which is spoken by the tongue: human speech: speech peculiar to a nation: style or expression peculiar to an individual: diction: any manner of expressing thought.—v.t. to express in language.—adjs. Lang′uaged, skilled in language; Lang′uageless (Shak.), speechless, silent; Lang′ued (her.), furnished with a tongue.—Dead language, one no longer spoken, as opp. to Living language, one still spoken; Flash language (see Flash). [Fr. langagelangue—L. lingua (old form dingua), the tongue, akin to L. lingēre, Gr. leichein.]

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. language

    The tool of the mind.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Language

    A verbal or nonverbal means of communicating ideas or feelings.

Editors Contribution

  1. language

    A form of communication we intuitively feel, know and understand as intelligent animals and human beings.

    We have various forms of language including speech, written and body language.

    Submitted by MaryC on November 5, 2020  
  2. language

    A systematic act, fact and ability to communicate by the use of words, definitions, expression, energy, structure, creativity, rules, sounds, voices, symbols, speech, typing, knowing, understanding or instructions.

    Language differs in each country yet people can communicate even if they do not speak or know a language.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 12, 2020  
  3. language

    The act, fact and ability to communicate using words.

    We all know what the language feels like as you can see it within a person as they look at you.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 18, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'language' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #472

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'language' in Written Corpus Frequency: #974

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'language' in Nouns Frequency: #150

How to pronounce language?

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    Alex
    US English
    Daniel
    Daniel
    British
    Karen
    Karen
    Australian
    Veena
    Veena
    Indian

How to say language in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of language in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of language in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of language in a Sentence

  1. Al Dowayan:

    That's what's interesting about football and art -- it includes everybody... it's something that transcends language, politics and borders.

  2. Mark Huddleston:

    I am troubled by many things in the language guide, especially the suggestion that the use of the term 'American' is misplaced or offensive, the only UNH policy on speech is that it is free and unfettered on our campuses. It is ironic that what was probably a well-meaning effort to be 'sensitive' proves offensive to many people, myself included.

  3. Claude Lévi-Strauss:

    Since music is a language with some meaning at least for the immense majority of mankind, although only a tiny minority of people are capable of formulating a meaning in it, and since it is the only language with the contradictory attributes of being at once intelligible and untranslatable, the musical creator is a being comparable to the gods, and music itself the supreme mystery of the science of man, a mystery that all the various disciplines come up against and which holds the key to their progress.

  4. Ehsan Sehgal:

    Indeed, your language, talk, accent, and attitude represent your level of value, not your inner intention, even perhaps that carries goodness.

  5. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    You can always differentiate cheap restaurants from high-class restaurants by looking at the menus that they offer. Cheap and low class restaurants always talk about "You", like "All You Can Eat", "Your Choice" etc. High class and expensive restaurants, on the other hand, always offer their own terms, such as "Chef's Choice", "Gourmet Food" etc. When you are the best and cut above the rest, you don't need to lure with inciting and seductive language to attract. Your quality par excellence and high standards will do that job very well. Strive to be extraordinary, and the world will follow you.

Images & Illustrations of language

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