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Noun: language  lang-gwij
  1. 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 speed with which a program can be executed depends on the language in which it is written";
    - linguistic communication
  2. (language) communication by word of mouth
    "he uttered harsh language"; "he recorded the spoken language of the streets";
    - speech, speech communication, spoken communication, spoken language, voice communication, oral communication
  3. The text of a popular song or musical-comedy number
    "the song uses colloquial language";
    - lyric, words
  4. The cognitive processes involved in producing and understanding linguistic communication
    "he didn't have the language to express his feelings";
    - linguistic process
  5. The mental faculty or power of vocal communication
    "language sets homo sapiens apart from all other animals";
    - speech
  6. A system of words used to name things in a particular discipline
    "the language of sociology";
    - terminology, nomenclature

Derived forms: languages

Type of: auditory communication, communication, faculty, higher cognitive process, mental faculty, module, text, textual matter, word

Part of: song, vocal

Encyclopedia: Language, Truth and Logic