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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)

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 "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*"