Associations to the word «Word»


WORD, noun. The smallest unit of language which has a particular meaning and can be expressed by itself; the smallest discrete, meaningful unit of language. (Contrast morpheme.) [from 10th c.]
WORD, noun. The smallest discrete unit of spoken language which has a particular meaning, composed of one or more phonemes and one or more morphemes.
WORD, noun. The smallest discrete unit of written language which has a particular meaning, composed of one or more letters or symbols and one or more morphemes.
WORD, noun. A discrete, meaningful unit of language which is approved by some authority.
WORD, noun. A sequence of letters or characters, or sounds, which (does not necessarily belong to a language or have a meaning, but which) is considered as a discrete entity.
WORD, noun. Something which is like such a unit of language:
WORD, noun. (telegraphy) A unit of text equivalent to five characters and one space. [from 19th c.]
WORD, noun. (computing) A fixed-size group of bits handled as a unit by a machine (on many 16-bit machines, 16 bits or two bytes). [from 20th c.]
WORD, noun. (computer science) A finite string which is not a command or operator. [from 20th or 21st c.]
WORD, noun. (group theory) A group element, expressed as a product of group elements.
WORD, noun. The fact or act of speaking, as opposed to taking action. [from 9th c.]
WORD, noun. (now) (rare outside certain phrases) Something which has been said; a comment, utterance; speech. [from 10th c.]
WORD, noun. (obsolete outside certain phrases) A watchword or rallying cry, a verbal signal (even when consisting of multiple words).
WORD, noun. (obsolete) A proverb or motto.
WORD, noun. ​ News; tidings (used without an article). [from 10th c.]
WORD, noun. An order; a request or instruction; an expression of will. [from 10th c.]
WORD, noun. A promise; an oath or guarantee. [from 10th c.]
WORD, noun. A brief discussion or conversation. [from 15th c.]
WORD, noun. (in the plural) Angry debate or conversation; argument. [from 15th c.]
WORD, noun. (theology) (sometimes Word) Communication from God; the message of the Christian gospel; the Bible, Scripture. [from 10th c.]
WORD, noun. (theology) (sometimes Word) Logos, Christ. [from 8th c.]
WORD, verb. (transitive) To say or write (something) using particular words; to phrase (something).
WORD, verb. (transitive) (obsolete) To flatter with words, to cajole.
WORD, verb. (transitive) To ply or overpower with words.
WORD, verb. (transitive) (rare) To conjure with a word.
WORD, verb. (intransitive) (archaic) To speak, to use words; to converse, to discourse.
WORD, interjection. (slang) (AAVE) Truth, indeed, that is the truth! The shortened form of the statement "My word is my bond."
WORD, interjection. (slang) (emphatic) (stereotypically) (AAVE) An abbreviated form of word up; a statement of the acknowledgment of fact with a hint of nonchalant approval.
WORD, verb. Alternative form of worth (to become).
WORD, noun. Scripture; The Bible
WORD, noun. The creative word of God; logos
WORD ASSOCIATION, noun. A game played or used in psychoanalysis in which a word is said out loud and the other person must say the first word they can think of, often as a tool for analysing aspects of the unconscious.
WORD BLINDNESS, noun. Alexia
WORD COUNT, noun. The number of words in a passage of text.
WORD COUNTS, noun. Plural of word count
WORD DIVIDER, noun. A glyph that separates words.
WORD FOR WORD, adverb. In exactly the same words (as were originally used).
WORD FORMATION, noun. (linguistics) the formation of new words by the processes of derivation and composition
WORD GAME, noun. A game which involves manipulating words.
WORD GAMES, noun. Plural of word game
WORD GOLF, noun. Word ladder puzzles generally
WORD IS BOND, interjection. (AAVE) The speaker purports that he has told the truth or is trustworthy.
WORD IT, verb. (obsolete) To bandy words; to dispute.
WORD LADDER, noun. A kind of puzzle in which one word must be transformed into another specified word of the same length by changing one letter at a time, each step yielding a valid intermediate word, as in lead → load → goad → gold.
WORD LADDERS, noun. Plural of word ladder
WORD LIST, noun. Alternative form of wordlist
WORD METHOD, proper noun. (education) A method of teaching reading in which words are first taken as single ideograms and later analyzed into their phonetic and alphabetic elements.
WORD OF ALLAH, proper noun. Quran
WORD OF FAITH, noun. A teaching among Pentecostal and charismatic Christians that good health and long life are promised to those who follow God's will. By extension, those who die early have wronged God in some way.
WORD OF FINGER, noun. Interpersonal communication by digital media, especially using keyboard devices.
WORD OF GOD, noun. A message from God, or a manifestation of his will
WORD OF GOD, noun. (theology) the Scriptures, especially when interpreted as the work of God rather than man
WORD OF GOD, noun. Alternative letter-case form of word of God
WORD OF GOD, proper noun. A sacred writing or book viewed as being the work of God.
WORD OF GOD, proper noun. (fandom slang) The creator(s) of a media franchise and/or their extradiegetic revelations about plot, characters, etc.
WORD OF HONOR, noun. A promise, or a pledge of one's good faith.
WORD OF HONOUR, noun. A promise, or a pledge of one's good faith
WORD OF MOUTH, noun. (idiomatic) Verbal means of passing on information.
WORD OF WISDOM, proper noun. (Mormonism) The health code contained in the Doctrine and Covenants. It specifically prohibits the consumption of alcohol, tobacco, hot drinks (usually interpreted/construed as coffee and/or tea), and excessive amounts of meat.
WORD ON THE STREET, noun. (idiomatic) The rumour or news going around on the street.
WORD ON THE WIRE, noun. (idiomatic) The rumour or news going around on the Internet, in business, on the street, or in social circles.
WORD ORDER, noun. The order of the syntactic constituents of a language.
WORD PLAY, noun. Used other than as an idiom: see word,‎ play.
WORD PLAY, noun. A technique in which the nature of the words used become part of the subject of the work, such as puns, phonetic mix-ups such as spoonerisms, obscure words and meanings, clever rhetorical excursions, oddly formed sentences, and telling character names.
WORD PROBLEM, noun. A mathematics question that states verbally what is usually written using symbols (or, for geometry, in a picture).
WORD PROBLEM, noun. (mathematics) A question of whether an element of a certain group (or monoid or the like) is the identity, given an obscure representation of that element.
WORD PROBLEMS, noun. Plural of word problem
WORD PROCESSING, noun. The creation, input, editing and formatting of documents and other text using software on a computer
WORD PROCESSOR, noun. A device similar to a simple computer, designed for word processing
WORD PROCESSOR, noun. Software that provides word processing functions on a computer, typically including typeface selection, line justification and other formatting, pagination, and numerous other features. Compare text editor.
WORD PROCESSORS, noun. Plural of word processor
WORD SALAD, noun. A nonsensical assemblage of words, typical of schizophrenia, Wernicke's aphasia, and some other mental disorders.
WORD SALAD, noun. Meaningless text generated by a computer.
WORD SALADS, noun. Plural of word salad
WORD SEARCH, noun. (games) A word game consisting of a grid of letters, the aim of which is to find an array of given words hidden within the grid.
WORD SEARCHES, noun. Plural of word search
WORD SPACE, noun. (typography) thin space
WORD SQUARE, noun. A type of acrostic, consisting of a set of words written out in a square grid, such that the same words can be read both horizontally and vertically.
WORD TO THE WISE, noun. (idiomatic) A piece of advice.
WORD TO THE WISE, adverb. (idiomatic) Used to emphasis following as a piece of significant advice.
WORD UP, interjection. (slang) (US) I approve; I agree.
WORD UP, interjection. Hello.
WORD UP, interjection. "What's up?"; "what's happening?"; "what's the word?";
WORD UP, interjection. "Listen up!"; "pay attention!".
WORD WRAP, noun. (computing) a word processing feature which automatically adjusts lines of text to fit within the page margins. Words exceeding the margins are set to begin a new line.

Dictionary definition

WORD, noun. A unit of language that native speakers can identify; "words are the blocks from which sentences are made"; "he hardly said ten words all morning".
WORD, noun. A brief statement; "he didn't say a word about it".
WORD, noun. Information about recent and important events; "they awaited news of the outcome".
WORD, noun. A verbal command for action; "when I give the word, charge!".
WORD, noun. An exchange of views on some topic; "we had a good discussion"; "we had a word or two about it".
WORD, noun. A promise; "he gave his word".
WORD, noun. A word is a string of bits stored in computer memory; "large computers use words up to 64 bits long".
WORD, noun. The divine word of God; the second person in the Trinity (incarnate in Jesus).
WORD, noun. A secret word or phrase known only to a restricted group; "he forgot the password".
WORD, noun. The sacred writings of the Christian religions; "he went to carry the Word to the heathen".
WORD, verb. Put into words or an expression; "He formulated his concerns to the board of trustees".

Wise words

In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
Martin Luther King, Jr.