|1.||[ noun ] (linguistics) a systematic means of communicating by the use of sounds or conventional symbols|
"he taught foreign languages" "the language introduced is standard throughout the text" "the execution speed of a program depends on the language in which it is written"
|Related terms:||communication natural_language barrage words string object_language interlanguage source_language dead_language native_language sign_language artificial_language metalanguage slanguage expressive_style speech limpid diachronic accent alphabetize uncorrupted synchronic well-turned|
|2.||[ noun ] communication by word of mouth|
|Synonyms:||speech spoken_language spoken_communication speech_communication voice_communication oral_communication|
"his speech was slurred" "the telephone greatly increased the range of speech communication" "he uttered harsh language" "he recorded the spoken language of the streets"
|Related terms:||auditory_communication words discussion conversation saying soliloquy spell monologue dictation idiolect non-standard_speech pronunciation|
|3.||[ noun ] (linguistics) a system of words used in a particular discipline|
"legal terminology" "the language of sociology"
|Related terms:||word toponomy markup_language|
|4.||[ noun ] (psychology) the cognitive processes involved in producing and understanding linguistic communication|
"he didn't have the language to express his feelings"
|Related terms:||higher_cognitive_process reading|
|5.||[ noun ] (psychology) the mental faculty or power of vocal communication|
"language sets homo sapiens apart from all other animals"
|Related terms:||faculty vocabulary lexis verbalise speak|
|6.||[ noun ] (music,writing) the text of a popular song or musical-comedy number|
|Synonyms:||lyric words lyrics|
"his compositions always started with the lyrics" "he wrote both words and music" "the song uses colloquial language"
|Related terms:||text love_lyric song|