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English noun: words

1. words (communication) the words that are spoken

SamplesI listened to his words very closely.

Broader (hypernym)language, oral communication, speech, speech communication, spoken communication, spoken language, voice communication

2. words (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.

Synonymslanguage, lyric

Broader (hypernym)text, textual matter

Narrower (hyponym)love lyric

Part meronymsong, vocal

3. words (communication) language that is spoken or written

SamplesHe has a gift for words.
She put her thoughts into words.

Broader (hypernym)language, linguistic communication

4. words (communication) an angry dispute

SamplesThey had a quarrel.
They had words.

Synonymsdustup, quarrel, row, run-in, wrangle

Broader (hypernym)conflict, difference, difference of opinion, dispute

Narrower (hyponym)affray, altercation, bicker, bickering, bust-up, fracas, fuss, pettifoggery, spat, squabble, tiff

5. words (communication) words making up the dialogue of a play

SamplesThe actor forgot his speech.

Synonymsactor's line, speech

Broader (hypernym)line

Narrower (hyponym)aside, cue, monologue, soliloquy, throwaway

Part meronymdialog, dialogue

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