• WordNet 3.6
    • n locution a word or phrase that particular people use in particular situations "pardon the expression"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Locution Speech or discourse; a phrase; a form or mode of expression. "Stumbling locutions .""I hate these figures in locution ,
      These about phrases forced by ceremony."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n locution The act of speaking.
    • n locution Discourse; form or mode of speaking; phraseology; a phrase.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Locution lō-kū′shun the act of speaking: form of speaking, phraseology, a phrase
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. locutio, fr. loqui, to speak: cf. F. locution,.
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. locution-emloqui, locutus, to speak.


In literature:

I saw them writhe with a deadly locution.
"The Works of Edgar Allan Poe Volume 2 (of 5) of the Raven Edition" by Edgar Allan Poe
A most absurd locution.
"Write It Right" by Ambrose Bierce
Of course she was incapable of such a locution, and it was silly of him to have thought otherwise, even momentarily.
"The Roll-Call" by Arnold Bennett
Touraine has preserved a considerable number of precious patriarchal locutions.
"The Devil's Pool" by George Sand
Curiously enough, Mary Ann did not regard the new locutions and pronunciations as superseding the old.
"The Grey Wig: Stories and Novelettes" by Israel Zangwill
LOCUT: circumlocu'tion; elocu'tion; interloc'utor.
"New Word-Analysis" by William Swinton
But to Pinchas the idea of peppering his pure Yiddish with such locutions was odious.
"Ghetto Comedies" by Israel Zangwill
I'm sending you a booklet on loose locutions.
"The Letters of Ambrose Bierce" by Ambrose Bierce
ANTIBARBARUS (Late L.), a name applied to a collection of words and locutions to be avoided in the classical usage of a language.
"Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 4 of 4: S-Z and supplements)" by Various

In news:

Crusader for Syntactic Disambiguation Exprobrates Banks' Labored Locutions.
At Studio Theatre to Oct 16 A cosmic locution about fidelity and obligation and loss.
One such is the locution "men's tournament," when what is really meant is "not exclusively for women" or "open to both sexes".
"Sooner or later," the author of "The Catcher in the Rye" predicted, "I'll bog down, perhaps disappear entirely, in my own methods, locutions and mannerisms.
Few of us can, as the locution goes, "relate to" German mezzo-soprano Ute Lemper.

In science:

But the locution ‘at time t’, and the focus on everyday properties, makes philosophers often choose as their examples observational properties, i.e. properties which can be ascribed “at a glance”: be they “everyday-taxonomic” like ‘is a rock/leaf/chair’ or “purely sensory” like ‘is red/hot’.
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
Then it would appear meaningful to give meaning to the vague locution ” {an ∈ A}n∈N is recursively-enumerable ” in eq.
Noncommutative Martin-Lof randomness : on the concept of a random sequence of qubits
Although we do not get involved in SDG herein, we will exploit locutions in terms of infinitesimal ob jects so as to make the paper highly readable.
Differential Geometry of Microlinear Frolicher Spaces IV-1
Such locutions are justifiable, because the category W of Weil algebras in the real world and the category D of infinitesimal ob jects in the shade are dual to each other in a sense.
Differential Geometry of Microlinear Frolicher Spaces IV-1
Although we do not get involved in SDG herein, we will exploit locutions in terms of infinitesimal ob jects so as to make the paper highly readable.
Axiomatic Differential Geometry II-4