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language

  

      n  
1    a system for the expression of thoughts, feelings, etc., by the use of spoken sounds or conventional symbols  
2    the faculty for the use of such systems, which is a distinguishing characteristic of man as compared with other animals  
3    the language of a particular nation or people  
the French language     
4    any other systematic or nonsystematic means of communicating, such as gesture or animal sounds  
the language of love     
5    the specialized vocabulary used by a particular group  
medical language     
6    a particular manner or style of verbal expression  
your language is disgusting     
7      (Computing)      See       programming language  
8    speak the same language   to communicate with understanding because of common background, values, etc.  
     (C13: from Old French langage, ultimately from Latin lingua tongue)  


American sign language  
      n      See       Ameslan  
artificial language  
      n   an invented language, esp. one intended as an international medium of communication or for use with computers  
   Compare       natural language  
assembly language  
      n     (Computing)   a low-level programming language that allows a programmer complete control of the machine code to be generated  
body language  
      n   the nonverbal imparting of information by means of conscious or subconscious bodily gestures, posture, etc.  
command language  
      n     (Computing)   the language used to access a computer system  
computer language  
      n      another term for       programming language  
first language  
      n   a person's native language  
formal language  
      n  
1    a language designed for use in situations in which natural language is unsuitable, as for example in mathematics, logic, or computer programming. The symbols and formulas of such languages stand in precisely specified syntactic and semantic relations to one another  
2      (Logic)   a logistic system for which an interpretation is provided: distinguished from formal calculus in that the semantics enable it to be regarded as about some subject matter  
high-level language  
      n   a computer programming language that resembles natural language or mathematical notation and is designed to reflect the requirements of a problem; examples include Ada, BASIC, C, COBOL, FORTRAN, Pascal  
   See also       machine code  
inclusive language  
      n   language that avoids the use of certain expressions or words that might be considered to exclude particular groups of people, esp. gender-specific words, such as ``man'', ``mankind'', and masculine pronouns, the use of which might be considered to exclude women  
language laboratory  
      n   a room equipped with tape recorders, etc., for learning foreign languages  
low-level language  
      n   a computer programming language that is closer to machine language than to human language  
   Compare       high-level language  
mixed language  
      n   any language containing items of vocabulary or other linguistic characteristics borrowed from two or more existing languages  
   See also       pidgin       creole       1       lingua franca  
modern language  
      n   any of the languages spoken in present-day Europe, with the exception of English  
natural language  
      n  
1    a language that has evolved naturally as a means of communication among people  
   Compare       artificial language       formal language  
2    languages of this kind considered collectively  
object language  
      n   a language described by or being investigated by another language  
   Compare       metalanguage  
private language  
      n     (Philosophy)   a language that is not merely secret or accidentally limited to one user, but that cannot in principle be communicated to another  
programming language  
      n   a simple language system designed to facilitate the writing of computer programs  
   See       high-level language       low-level language       machine code  
query language  
      n     (Computing)   the instructions and procedures used to retrieve information from a database  
second language  
      n  
1    a language other than the mother tongue that a person or community uses for public communication, esp. in trade, higher education, and administration  
2    a non-native language officially recognized and adopted in a multilingual country as a means of public communication  
sign language  
      n  
1       another word for       signing  
2    any system of communication by manual signs or gestures  
target language  
      n  
1    the language into which a text, document, etc., is translated  
2    a language that is being or is to be learnt  
tone language  
      n   a language, such as Chinese or certain African languages, in which differences in tone may make differences in meaning  
world language  
      n  
1    a language spoken and known in many countries, such as English  
2    an artificial language for international use, such as Esperanto  
English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  
Collaborative Dictionary     English Definition
n.
specific language used in the Pentagon
v.
to localize a website is to translate it in the local language of the ones who will read it.
id.
the phrase is uttered in an attempt to excuse the user of profanity or curses in the presence of those offended by it under the pretense of the words being part of a foreign language
Syn.: excuse my French
n.
classical African concept, humanist phylosophy focusing on people`s interrelations. It is originary from Bantu languages.
"I am what I am because of who we all are" , "Live consciuosly" are sayings belonging to this phylosophy

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