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Definition of "tongue" []

  • The fleshy, movable, muscular organ, attached in most vertebrates to the floor of the mouth, that is the principal organ of taste, an aid in chewing and swallowing, and, in humans, an important organ of speech. (noun)
  • An analogous organ or part in invertebrate animals, as in certain insects or mollusks. (noun)
  • The tongue of an animal, such as a cow, used as food. (noun)
  • A spoken language or dialect. (noun)
  • Speech; talk: If there is goodness in your heart, it will come to your tongue. (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.

Use "tongue" in a sentence
  • "P.ace the N. P., _long cord_, upon the lower cervical vertebræ, and then treat, _first_, with the _tongue_ instrument, P. P., in the mouth, as far back on the tongue as can be borne, three to five minutes."
  • "It is produced at the middle or central part of the mouth, by forcing a slight, closely-squeezed current of Sounding Breath, through a small, smooth channel or opening made by forming _a gutter or scoop of the flattened point of the tongue_; while, at the same time, the tongue is applied at the edges to the teeth and gums."
  • "So you may perceive, I _have the use of my tongue_ & I tell her it is a good thing to have the use of my tongue."