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English noun: language

1. language (communication) a systematic means of communicating by the use of sounds or conventional symbols


SamplesHe taught foreign languages.
The language introduced is standard throughout the text.
The speed with which a program can be executed depends on the language in which it is written.


Synonymslinguistic communication


Broader (hypernym)communication


Narrower (hyponym)artificial language, barrage, bombardment, dead language, indigenous language, interlanguage, koine, lingua franca, linguistic string, metalanguage, native language, natural language, object language, onslaught, outpouring, sign language, signing, slanguage, source language, string of words, superstrate, superstratum, target language, tongue, usage, word string, words


Domain category membersaccent, accent mark, alphabetize, crystal clear, diachronic, expressive style, historical, language, limpid, lucid, luculent, oral communication, pellucid, perspicuous, speech, speech communication, spoken communication, spoken language, style, synchronic, uncorrupted, undefiled, voice communication, well-turned

2. language (communication) (language) communication by word of mouth


SamplesHis speech was garbled.
He uttered harsh language.
He recorded the spoken language of the streets.


Synonymsoral communication, speech, speech communication, spoken communication, spoken language, voice communication


Broader (hypernym)auditory communication


Narrower (hyponym)charm, conversation, dictation, discussion, expression, give-and-take, idiolect, locution, magic spell, magical spell, monologue, monologue, non-standard speech, orthoepy, pronunciation, saying, soliloquy, spell, word, words


Domain categorylanguage, linguistic communication

3. language (communication) the text of a popular song or musical-comedy number


SamplesHis compositions always started with the lyrics.
He wrote both words and music.
The song uses colloquial language.


Synonymslyric, words


Broader (hypernym)text, textual matter


Narrower (hyponym)love lyric


Part meronymsong, vocal

4. language (cognition) the cognitive processes involved in producing and understanding linguistic communication


SamplesHe didn't have the language to express his feelings.


Synonymslinguistic process


Broader (hypernym)higher cognitive process


Narrower (hyponym)reading

5. language (cognition) the mental faculty or power of vocal communication


SamplesLanguage sets homo sapiens apart from all other animals.


Synonymsspeech


Broader (hypernym)faculty, mental faculty, module


Part holonymlexicon, lexis, mental lexicon, vocabulary


Domain category membersverbalise, verbalize

6. language (communication) a system of words used to name things in a particular discipline


SamplesLegal terminology.
Biological nomenclature.
The language of sociology.


Synonymsnomenclature, terminology


Broader (hypernym)word


Narrower (hyponym)markup language, toponomy, toponymy









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