• WordNet 3.6
    • n oration an instance of oratory "he delivered an oration on the decline of family values"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Ohio, if you ignore an orator on Decoration day to such an extent as to publicly play croquet or pitch horseshoes within one mile of the speaker's stand, you can be fined $25.00.
    • n Oration An elaborate discourse, delivered in public, treating an important subject in a formal and dignified manner; especially, a discourse having reference to some special occasion, as a funeral, an anniversary, a celebration, or the like; -- distinguished from an argument in court, a popular harangue, a sermon, a lecture, etc.; as, Webster's oration at Bunker Hill. "The lord archbishop . . . made a long oration ."
    • v. i Oration To deliver an oration.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n oration A formal speech or discourse; an eloquent or weighty address. The word is now applied chiefly to discourses pronounced on special occasions, as a funeral oration, an oration on some anniversary, etc., and to academic declamations.
    • n oration A prayer; supplication; petition.
    • n oration Noise; uproar.
    • oration To make an address; deliver a speech.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Oration ō-rā′shun a public speech of a formal character: an eloquent speech
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  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
    “Whatever poet, orator, or sage may say of it, old age is still old age.”
  • Marcus T. Cicero
    “Brevity is the best recommendation of speech, whether in a senator or an orator.”
  • Wendell Phillips
    “If you want to be an orator, first get your great cause.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “No orator can top the one who can give good nicknames.”
  • Francois De La Rochefoucauld
    “The passions are the only orators which always persuade.”
  • Platen
    “To speak on without saying anything has always been the greatest gift of orators.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. oratio, fr. orare, to speak, utter, pray. See Oral Orison
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. oratioorāre, to pray.


In literature:

The lot of Demosthenes, the great Athenian orator, was cast in evil times.
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern — Volume 11" by Various
He is a born orator, and he has courage.
"The Candidate" by Joseph Alexander Altsheler
Xenophon, the orator of the army, now made them a stirring speech.
"Historic Tales, vol 10 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
The young orator saw it all; his lip curled bitterly, and his words burned.
"In The Boyhood of Lincoln" by Hezekiah Butterworth
There was a fourth man of prominence, Cicero, the great scholar, philosopher, and orator.
"Historic Tales, Volume 11 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
It was known that he was to speak on that day (twenty-eighth of April), and the house was crowded with an audience eager to hear the orator.
"Washington and the American Republic, Vol. 3." by Benson J. Lossing
Two of the finest orators in Georgia, one left his impress as strongly upon the Church as did the other upon the State.
"Robert Toombs" by Pleasant A. Stovall
He was a student at the seminary, and was considered a fine young orator.
"A Spoil of Office" by Hamlin Garland
For a moment she was an orator worthy the name.
"Elizabeth Hobart at Exeter Hall" by Jean K. Baird
Demosthenes, the foremost orator of all history, was born in Athens about July in the year 385 B.C.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 3 of 8" by Various
Little has yet been said regarding Webster as an orator.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 4 of 8" by Various
Then ensued the usual alternation of opera music and orations.
"Victor's Triumph" by Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
John P. St. John was the orator of the occasion.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume IV" by Various
He was seen at Smyrna on the wall of a festal chamber, and welcomed with compliments, orations, and thanksgivings.
"Dreamers of the Ghetto" by I. Zangwill
Each oration well represents the originality and the individuality of the writer or orator.
"Prize Orations of the Intercollegiate Peace Association" by Intercollegiate Peace Association
There, too, above all, was George Whitefield, in after-years the greatest pulpit orator of England.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, v. 13" by Various
The helpless orator's voice is lost in the clamour.
"Here and There in London" by J. Ewing Ritchie
Ireland supplies us with orators in abundance, but where are her eloquent priests?
"The Religious Life of London" by J. Ewing Ritchie
The American Congress never knew a more brilliant debater, nor did the public ever listen to a more magnetic orator.
"The Greater Republic" by Charles Morris
We are, however, more concerned with the manner than with the matter of his orations.
"A Short History of French Literature" by George Saintsbury

In poetry:

Orator of noblest order,
Thine the power to declare,
Thrilling Theme, in tones portraying,
Eloquence, divinely rare.
"Federic Douglass" by Olivia Ward Bush-Banks
What! Salomon! such words from you,
Who call yourself a soldier? Well,
The Southern brother where he fell
Slept all your base oration through.
"To E.S. Salomon" by Ambrose Bierce
But, lest His subtler language should be lost,
Thereafter to His orators there came,
Borne on a blast of breath, the Holy Ghost,
And riding within syllables of flame.
"Pentecost" by Charles Walter Stansby Williams
I will not here invoke the throng
Of orators and sons of song,
The deathless few;
Fiction entices and deceives,
And, sprinkled o'er her fragrant leaves,
Lies poisonous dew.
"Coplas De Manrique (From The Spanish)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The daughter of Jefferson sold for a slave!
The child of a freeman for dollars and francs!
The roar of applause, when your orators rave,
Is lost in the sound of her chain, as it clanks.
"Jefferson's Daughter" by Anonymous Americas
I wish the Professors and teachers every success,
Hoping the Lord will all their labours bless;
And I hope the students will always be obedient to their teachers
And that many of them may leam to be orators and preachers.
"The Inauguration of the University College" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

The civil rights leader was also one of the most famed orators in American history.
Andrew Young's hero was an inspiring Southern orator and a paragon of Christian virtue.
Was a lawyer, politician, and skilled orator who represented Kentucky separately in both the Senate and in the House of Representatives and was also Secretary of State from 1825 to 1829.
LOS ANGELES (AP) – A towering figure such as Abraham Lincoln, who stood 6 feet 4 and was one of history's master orators, must have had a booming voice to match, right.
LOS ANGELES—A towering figure such as Abraham Lincoln, who stood 6 feet 4 and was one of history's master orators, must have had a booming voice to match, right.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A towering figure such as Abraham Lincoln, who stood 6 feet 4 and was one of history's master orators, must have had a booming voice to match, right.
A towering figure such as Abraham Lincoln, who stood 6 feet 4 and was one of history's master orators, must have had a booming voice to match, right.
LOS ANGELES — A towering figure such as Abraham Lincoln, who stood 6 feet 4 and was one of history's master orators, must have had a booming voice to match, right.
Don King will be remembered as one of the greatest boxing promoters of all time, but he's also quite the orator.
Byrd, the late senator who set records for most votes and career longevity, will also be remembered for his style of oration -- more in step with the Roman Senate than with the era of Twitter.
Jon Corzine the Orator .
I imagine that out of respect to Moses' own opinion about his oratory skills, Safire decided to leave him out of his collection of great orators .
Youthful orator steals a professional's thunder.
With a passion for motivating people, this orator went after his purposeful dream.
There can be no denial that Bill Clinton is a silver-tongued orator.

In science:

These are provided either by QCD lattice simulations which are a numerical solution to QCD or—at low energies—by chiral perturbation theory, the effective field theory of QCD.
Introduction to Chiral Perturbation Theory
Probing the position of the optical dipole trap with a single ion. (a) First the ion is moved away 300 µm from its normal posi tion to prevent any collisions with the atoms during the final evap oration stage.
An apparatus for immersing trapped ions into an ultracold gas of neutral atoms