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Definition of "word" []

  • A sound or a combination of sounds, or its representation in writing or printing, that symbolizes and communicates a meaning and may consist of a single morpheme or of a combination of morphemes. (noun)
  • Something said; an utterance, remark, or comment: May I say a word about that? (noun)
  • Computer Science A set of bits constituting the smallest unit of addressable memory. (noun)
  • Discourse or talk; speech: Actions speak louder than words. (noun)
  • Music The text of a vocal composition; lyrics. (noun)
  • 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 (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • An instance of vocal intercourse; chat, talk, or discussion (noun)
  • An utterance or expression, esp a brief one (noun)
  • News or information (noun)
  • A verbal signal for action; command (noun)
  • An undertaking or promise (noun)
  • An autocratic decree or utterance; order (noun)
  • A watchword or slogan, as of a political party (noun)
  • A set of bits used to store, transmit, or operate upon an item of information in a computer, such as a program instruction (noun)
  • Of, relating to, or consisting of words (noun)
  • To state in words, usually specially selected ones; phrase (verb)
  • To inform or advise (a person) (verb)

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Use "word" in a sentence
  • "There is an important and very common use of the word ˜word™ that lexicographers and the rest of us use frequently."
  • "Use an underscore before and after a word to show it in italics. _word"
  • "Use an asterix before and after a word to make it bold. *word*"