What does language mean?

Definitions for language
ˈlæŋ gwɪdʒlan·guage

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word language.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. 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. (language) communication by word of mouth

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

  3. 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. the cognitive processes involved in producing and understanding linguistic communication

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

  5. the mental faculty or power of vocal communication

    "language sets homo sapiens apart from all other animals"

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

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

GCIDE

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

  2. The ability to communicate using words.

    the gift of language

  3. Nonverbal communication.

    body language

  4. A computer language.

  5. The vocabulary and usage used in a particular specialist field.

    legal language

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

  7. Profanity.

  8. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. the type of which all languages are instances

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. 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. The tool of the mind.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. A verbal or nonverbal means of communicating ideas or feelings.

Editors Contribution

  1. 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 on November 5, 2020  
  2. 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 on January 12, 2020  
  3. 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 on January 18, 2020  

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British National Corpus

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

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

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

Numerology

  1. The numerical value of language in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. The numerical value of language in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of language in a Sentence

  1. The tears have neither language nor religion; however, transform a potent sign of the soul that, links directly with God.

  2. They can't stop it, but they can create a headache, the problem is the language that has been chosen, the interpretation of those words sometimes opens room for discussion, which the tobacco industry will try to use.

  3. I am a socialist. I see no class and no social estate before me, but that community of the Volk (the people), made up of people who are liked by blood, united by a language, and subject to a same general fate.

  4. The German language is more precise, but Russian is more versatile, colorful.

  5. Philip Larkin will be memorialized very near Geoffrey Chaucer finding a fitting place among his fellow poets, i have no doubt that his work and memory will live on as long as the English language continues to be understood.

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