What is the meaning of words?


  • A unit of language that native speakers can identify.
    • usage: "words are the blocks from which sentences are made"; "he hardly said ten words all morning"
  • A brief statement.
    • usage: "he didn't say a word about it"
  • Information about recent and important events.
    • usage: "they awaited news of the outcome"
  • A verbal command for action.
    • usage: "when I give the word, charge"
  • An exchange of views on some topic.
    • usage: "we had a good discussion"; "we had a word or two about it"
  • A promise.
    • usage: "he gave his word"
  • A word is a string of bits stored in computer memory.
    • usage: "large computers use words up to 64 bits long"
  • The divine word of God; the second person in the Trinity (incarnate in Jesus.
  • A secret word or phrase known only to a restricted group.
    • usage: "he forgot the password"
  • The sacred writings of the Christian religions.
    • usage: "he went to carry the Word to the heathen"
  • The words that are spoken.
    • usage: "I listened to his words very closely"
  • The text of a popular song or musical-comedy number.
    • usage: "his compositions always started with the lyrics"; "he wrote both words and music"; "the song uses colloquial language"
  • Language that is spoken or written.
    • usage: "he has a gift for words"; "she put her thoughts into words"
  • An angry dispute.
    • usage: "they had a quarrel"; "they had words"
  • Words making up the dialogue of a play.
    • usage: "the actor forgot his speech"


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