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a    the act or faculty of speaking, esp. as possessed by persons  
to have speech with somebody     
b    (as modifier)  
speech therapy     
2    that which is spoken; utterance  
3    a talk or address delivered to an audience  
4    a person's characteristic manner of speaking  
5    a national or regional language or dialect  
6      (Linguistics)      another word for       parole       5  
     (Old English spec; related to specan to speak)  

curtain speech  
1    a talk given in front of the curtain after a stage performance, often by the author or an actor  
2    the final speech of an act or a play  
deaf without speech  
a    (usually of a prelingually deaf person) able to utter sounds but not speak  
b    (as collective n; preceded by the)  
the deaf without speech     
direct speech   ,   (esp. U.S.)   direct discourse  
      n   the reporting of what someone has said or written by quoting his exact words  
figure of speech  
      n   an expression of language, such as simile, metaphor, or personification, by which the usual or literal meaning of a word is not employed  
free speech  
      n   the right to express one's opinions publicly  
indirect speech   ,   (esp. U.S.)   indirect discourse  
      n   the reporting of something said or written by conveying what was meant rather than repeating the exact words, as in the sentence He asked me whether I would go as opposed to He asked me, ``Will you go?'',   (Also called)    reported speech  
King's speech  
      n      (in Britain and the Commonwealth when the sovereign is male) another name for the       speech from the throne  
part of speech  
      n   a class of words sharing important syntactic or semantic features; a group of words in a language that may occur in similar positions or fulfil similar functions in a sentence. The chief parts of speech in English are noun, pronoun, adjective, determiner, adverb, verb, preposition, conjunction, and interjection  
Queen's speech  
      n      (in Britain and the Commonwealth when the sovereign is female) another name for the       speech from the throne  
reported speech  
      n      another term for       indirect speech  
speech act  
      n     (Philosophy)  
1    an utterance that constitutes some act in addition to the mere act of uttering  
2    an act or type of act capable of being so performed,   (See also)        performative  
speech community  
      n   a community consisting of all the speakers of a particular language or dialect  
speech day  
      n     (Brit)   (in schools) an annual day on which prizes are presented, speeches are made by guest speakers, etc.  
speech from the throne  
      n   (in Britain and the dominions of the Commonwealth) the speech at the opening of each session of Parliament in which the Government outlines its legislative programme. It is read by the sovereign or his or her representative,   (Also called (esp. Brit.))    Queens (or Kings) speech  
      n      another name for       lip-reading  
speech recognition  
      n   the understanding of continuous speech by a computer  
speech therapy  
      n   treatment to improve the speech of children who have difficulty in learning to speak, for example because of partial deafness or brain damage, or to help restore the power of speech to adults who have lost it or partly lost it through accident or illness  
  speech therapist      n  
visible speech  
      n   a system of phonetic notation invented by Alexander Melville Bell (1819--1905) that utilized symbols based on the schematic representation of the articulations used for each speech sound  
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