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word

  

      n  
1    one of the units of speech or writing that native speakers of a language usually regard as the smallest isolable meaningful element of the language, although linguists would analyse these further into morphemes  
   Related adj       lexical       verbal  
2    an instance of vocal intercourse; chat, talk, or discussion  
to have a word with someone     
3    an utterance or expression, esp. a brief one  
a word of greeting     
4    news or information  
he sent word that he would be late     
5    a verbal signal for action; command  
when I give the word, fire!     
6    an undertaking or promise  
I give you my word, he kept his word     
7    an autocratic decree or utterance; order  
his word must be obeyed     
8    a watchword or slogan, as of a political party  
the word now is ``freedom''     
9      (Computing)   a set of bits used to store, transmit, or operate upon an item of information in a computer, such as a program instruction  
10    as good as one's word   doing what one has undertaken or promised to do  
11    at a word   at once  
12    by word of mouth   orally rather than by written means  
13    in a word   briefly or in short  
14    my word!  
a    an exclamation of surprise, annoyance, etc.  
b      (Austral)   an exclamation of agreement  
15    of one's word   given to or noted for keeping one's promises  
I am a man of my word     
16    put in a word or good word for   to make favourable mention of (someone); recommend  
17    take someone at his or her word   to assume that someone means, or will do, what he or she says  
when he told her to go, she took him at his word and left     
18    take someone's word for it   to accept or believe what someone says  
19    the last word  
a    the closing remark of a conversation or argument, esp. a remark that supposedly settles an issue  
b    the latest or most fashionable design, make, or model  
the last word in bikinis     
c    the finest example (of some quality, condition, etc.)  
the last word in luxury     
20    the word   the proper or most fitting expression  
cold is not the word for it, it's freezing!     
21    upon my word!  
a    Archaic   on my honour  
b    an exclamation of surprise, annoyance, etc.  
22    word for word  
a    (of a report, transcription, etc.) using exactly the same words as those employed in the situation being reported; verbatim  
b    translated by substituting each word in the new text for each corresponding word in the original rather than by general sense  
23    word of honour   a promise; oath  
24    modifier   of, relating to, or consisting of words  
a word list     
      vb  
25    tr   to state in words, usually specially selected ones; phrase  
26    tr; often foll by: up     (Austral)  
informal   to inform or advise (a person),   (See also)        words  
     (Old English word; related to Old High German wort, Old Norse orth, Gothic waurd, Latin verbum, Sanskrit vratá command)  


boo-word  
      n   any word that seems to cause irrational fear  
``communism'' became a boo-word in the McCarthy era     
buzz word  
      n  
Informal   a word, often originating in a particular jargon, that becomes a vogue word in the community as a whole or among a particular group  
content word  
      n   a word to which an independent meaning can be given by reference to a world outside any sentence in which the word may occur  
   Compare       function word       lexical meaning  
four-letter word  
      n   any of several short English words referring to sex or excrement: often used as swearwords and regarded generally as offensive or obscene  
function word  
      n     (Grammar)   a word, such as the, with a particular grammatical role but little identifiable meaning  
   Compare       content word       grammatical meaning  
f-word  
      n  
the.   sometimes cap      a euphemistic way of referring to the word       fuck  
     (from f(uck) + word)  
ghost word  
      n   a word that has entered the language through the perpetuation, in dictionaries, etc., of an error  
loan word  
      n   a word adopted, often with some modification of its form, from one language into another  
nonce word  
      n   a word coined for a single occasion  
portmanteau word  
      n      another name for       blend       7  
     (C19: from the idea that two meanings are packed into one word)  
reserved word  
      n   a word in a programming language or computer system that has a fixed meaning and therefore cannot be redefined by a programmer  
Word  
      n  
the  
1      (Christianity)   the 2nd person of the Trinity  
2    Scripture, the Bible, or the Gospels as embodying or representing divine revelation,   (Often called)    the Word of God  
     (translation of Greek logos, as in John 1:1)  
-word  
      n combining form   preceded by the and an initial letter   a euphemistic way of referring to a word by its first letter because it is considered to be in some way unmentionable by the user  
the C-word, meaning cancer     
word association  
      n   an early method of psychoanalysis in which the patient thinks of the first word that comes into consciousness on hearing a given word. In this way it was claimed that aspects of the unconscious could be revealed before defence mechanisms intervene  
word blindness  
      n   the nontechnical name for alexia and dyslexia  
  word-blind      adj  
word class  
      n     (Linguistics)   a form class in which the members are words  
   See       part of speech  
word deafness  
      n   loss of ability to understand spoken words, esp. as the result of a cerebral lesion,   (Also called)    auditory aphasia  
  word-deaf      adj  
word game  
      n   any game involving the formation, discovery, or alteration of a word or words  
word order  
      n   the arrangement of words in a phrase, clause, or sentence. In many languages, including English, word order plays an important part in determining meanings expressed in other languages by inflections  
word-perfect   ,   (U.S.)   letter-perfect  
      adj  
1    correct in every detail  
2    (of a speech, part in a play, etc.) memorized perfectly  
3    (of a speaker, actor, etc.) knowing one's speech, role, etc., perfectly  
word picture  
      n   a verbal description, esp. a vivid one  
word processing  
      n   the composition of documents using a computer system to input, edit, store, and print them  
word processor  
      n  
a    a computer program that performs word processing  
b    a computer system designed for word processing  
word square  
      n   a puzzle in which the player must fill a square grid with words that read the same across as down  
word stress  
      n   the stress accent on the syllables of individual words either in a sentence or in isolation  
word wrapping  
      n     (Computing)   the automatic shifting of a word at the end of a line to a new line in order to keep within preset margins  
English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  
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Word, word, Word, -word

Collaborative Dictionary     English Definition
n.
a new word formed by joining together two others and combining their meanings. Examples: brunch, camcorder, carjack, motel, greenwash, smog, workaholic.
v.
to say, pronounce, speak
ex.: The child sounded out each word out loud as she read her book.
n.
colloquial word for a dollar
n.
charver is another word for chav
If you lived in Newcastle you would know it. Common in NE England
n.
euphemism referring to the word "fuck"
n.
euphemism used to refer to the taboo word "cunt"
n.
euphemism referring to the taboo word "nigger"
n.
set of words and word groups together with their definition, translation, grammar category or usage examples, and which can be searched through an index or a search engine
n.
a colloquial word meaning a bribe: policemen accepting bungs from journalists
adv.
A formal word that is put in the beginning of sentence that has a similar meaning to furthermore, therefore, and from now on
I like ice-cream; Hence, I have lots of ice-cream cups in my fridge
exp.
positive outburst of emotion; the final word in a string of lyrics by Michael Jackson.
n.
Lesewut is a German word for "reading craze" (literally) used to describe a specific period in the intellectual history of Germany from the late eighteenth century onward.
n.
a humorous and old-fashioned word that means a chamber pot
Comes from the fact that the chamber pot 'gazunder' (= goes under) the bed
n.
a portmanteau of 'employer' and 'voyeurism'. signifies the act of searching for an employer or the practice of an employer when looking to fill positions. The term places an emphasis on the secretive connotation of the word 'voyeur', denoting a clandestine and thus superior form of employment search
[Tech.] Ex.: Employerism is what one must engage in, if one wishes to embark upon a more productive job hunt!
o.
word used to describe the sound made by the wheels of a train
by extension, it can be applied to other rhythmic similar sounds (for example, the sound of a clock or of a typing machine)
exp.
act in accordance with what is set verbally; apply what one's preaching for; double words by action;
often used in combination with "talk the talk".
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
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