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speech

 
Noun speech has 8 senses
  1. address, speech - the act of delivering a formal spoken communication to an audience; "he listened to an address on minor Roman poets"
    --1 is a kind of speech act
    --1 has parts:
     body; introduction; conclusion, end, close, closing, ending
    --1 has particulars:
     epilogue, epilog; allocution; colloquium; dithyramb; Gettysburg Address; impromptu; inaugural address, inaugural; lecture, public lecture, talk; litany; oratory; public speaking, speechmaking, speaking, oral presentation; sermon, discourse, preaching
    Derived forms: verb speak4, verb speechify1
  2. speech, speech communication, spoken communication, spoken language, language, voice communication, oral communication - (language) communication by word of mouth; "his speech was garbled"; "he uttered harsh language"; "he recorded the spoken language of the streets"
    --2 is a kind of auditory communication
    --2 has particulars:
     words; pronunciation, orthoepy; conversation; discussion, give-and-take, word; saying, expression, locution; non-standard speech; idiolect; monologue; spell, magic spell, charm; dictation; soliloquy, monologue
  3. speech - something spoken; "he could hear them uttering merry speeches"
    --3 is a kind of
    utterance, vocalization
    Derived form: verb speak1
  4. speech - the exchange of spoken words; "they were perfectly comfortable together without speech"
    --4 is a kind of
    speaking, speech production
    Derived form: verb speak2
  5. manner of speaking, speech, delivery - your characteristic style or manner of expressing yourself orally; "his manner of speaking was quite abrupt"; "her speech was barren of southernisms"; "I detected a slight accent in his speech"
    --5 is a kind of expressive style, style
    --5 is a part of paralanguage, paralinguistic communication
    --5 has particulars:
     address; catch; tongue; shibboleth; tone, tone of voice; elocution; prosody, inflection; modulation, inflection
  6. lecture, speech, talking to - a lengthy rebuke; "a good lecture was my father's idea of discipline"; "the teacher gave him a talking to"
    --6 is a kind of rebuke, reproof, reproval, reprehension, reprimand
    --6 has particulars: sermon, preaching; curtain lecture
    Derived form: verb speechify1
  7. actor's line, speech, words - words making up the dialogue of a play; "the actor forgot his speech"
    --7 is a kind of line
    --7 is a part of dialogue, dialog
    --7 has particulars: aside; cue; monologue; soliloquy; throwaway
  8. language, speech - the mental faculty or power of vocal communication; "language sets homo sapiens apart from all other animals"
    --8 is a kind of faculty, mental faculty, module
    --8 has parts: lexis; vocabulary, lexicon, mental lexicon
    Derived form: verb speak3
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