speech  

  • Definition of speech

    • (n): the mental faculty or power of vocal communication; "language sets homo sapiens apart from all other animals"  
    • (n): a lengthy rebuke; "a good lecture was my father''s idea of discipline"; "the teacher gave him a talking to"  
    • (n): words making up the dialogue of a play; "the actor forgot his speech"  
    • (n): 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"  
    • (n): (language) communication by word of mouth; "his speech was garbled"; "he uttered harsh language"; "he recorded the spoken language of the streets"  
    • (n): the exchange of spoken words; "they were perfectly comfortable together without speech"  
    • (n): something spoken; "he could hear them uttering merry speeches"  
    • (n): the act of delivering a formal spoken communication to an audience; "he listened to an address on minor Roman poets"  

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