language (draft)

noun \ ˈlaŋ-gwij , -wij \

Definition of language

  1. a : the words, their pronunciation, and the methods of combining them used and understood by a community studied the French language b (1) : audible, articulate, meaningful sound as produced by the action of the vocal organs (2) : a systematic means of communicating ideas or feelings by the use of conventionalized signs, sounds, gestures, or marks having understood meanings the language of mathematics (3) : the suggestion by objects, actions, or conditions of associated ideas or feelings language in their very gesture —William Shakespeare (4) : the means by which animals communicate the language of birds (5) : a formal system of signs and symbols (such as FORTRAN or a calculus in logic) including rules for the formation and transformation of admissible expressions (6) : machine language 1

  2. a : form or manner of verbal expression; specifically : style the beauty of Shakespeare's language b : the vocabulary and phraseology belonging to an art or a department of knowledge the language of diplomacy medical language c : profanity shouldn't of blamed the fellers if they'd cut loose with some language —Ring Lardner

  3. : the study of language especially as a school subject earned a grade of B in language

  4. : specific words especially in a law or regulation The police were diligent in enforcing the language of the law.

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