utterance

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n utterance the use of uttered sounds for auditory communication
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Utterance Power or style of speaking; as, a good utterance . "They . . . began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance .""O, how unlike
      To that large utterance of the early gods!"
    • Utterance Putting in circulation; as, the utterance of false coin, or of forged notes.
    • Utterance Sale by offering to the public.
    • Utterance The act of uttering.
    • n Utterance The last extremity; the end; death; outrance. "Annibal forced those captives whom he had taken of our men to skirmish one against another to the utterance ."
    • Utterance Vocal expression; articulation; speech.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n utterance The act of uttering. A putting forth; disposal by sale or otherwise; circulation.
    • n utterance The act of sounding or expressing with the voice; vocal expression; also, power of speaking; speech.
    • n utterance That which is uttered or conveyed by the voice; a word or words; as,the utterances of the pulpit.
    • n utterance The last or utmost extremity; the bitter end; death.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Utterance act of uttering: manner of speaking: pronunciation: expression
    • n Utterance ut′ėr-ans (Shak.) extremity, deadly contention.
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Quotations

  • Fyodor Dostoevsky
    Fyodor%20Dostoevsky
    “Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most.”
  • Publius Cornelius Tacitus
    Publius%20Cornelius%20Tacitus
    “Many who seem to be struggling with adversity are happy; many, amid great affluence, are utterly miserable.”
  • Mahatma Gandhi
    Mahatma%20Gandhi
    “A No uttered from deepest conviction is better and greater than a Yes merely uttered to please, or what is worse, to avoid trouble.”
  • Charles Haddon Spurgeon
    Charles%20Haddon%20Spurgeon
    “You must be in fashion is the utterance of weak headed mortals.”
  • John Milton
    John%20Milton
    “Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties.”
  • Thomas Mann
    Thomas%20Mann
    “What is uttered is finished and done with.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. outrance,. See Outrance
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. outranceoutre, beyond—L. ultra, beyond.

Usage

In literature:

Margery finally uttered a single, loud snore that awakened the others.
"The Meadow-Brook Girls by the Sea" by Janet Aldridge
What she uttered was a lengthened sighing, apparently at something in her mind which had led to her presence here.
"The Return of the Native" by Thomas Hardy
While he did not love his Abby with utter passion, all the women of the world could not have swerved him from her.
"By the Light of the Soul" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
We stood in utter silence.
"Romance" by Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
Every general in the army had laid down his laurels in inglorious and utter failure.
"Salem Witchcraft, Volumes I and II" by Charles Upham
She uttered a little exclamation.
"The Meadow-Brook Girls in the Hills" by Janet Aldridge
No syllable was uttered, but it was the awfullest silence that ever a lad heard.
"Heralds of Empire" by Agnes C. Laut
To his father he had never uttered a word; because his father was himself a Koshare.
"The Delight Makers" by Adolf Bandelier
In the present instance the accusation was utterly without foundation.
"Vera Nevill" by Mrs. H. Lovett Cameron
I knew the source whence they sprung, and was merely able to suppress the utterance of my feelings in her presence.
"Arthur Mervyn" by Charles Brockden Brown
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In poetry:

Was from the earth to heaven. As he sang,
In high, rapt moods, he threw
Strange utterances that fell without a clang,
Like dew
"God Wrapt Him" by Alexander Anderson
"For thyself, while wrong and sorrow
Make to thee their strong appeal,
Coward wert thou not to utter
What the heart must feel.
"What The Voice Said" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Victor stood in the doorway,
He didn't utter a word:
She said; 'What's the matter, darling?'
He behaved as if he hadn't heard.
"Victor" by W H Auden
Whene'er my name he utters,
A blush upon my cheek is seen!--
His voice my bosom flutters!--
What can it mean--what can it mean?
"What Can It Mean?" by George Pope Morris
For every soul, among the dead,
That died in sin, he smote his breast,
And he utter'd on the crucifix
The burial-prayer of rest!
"The Prophetess Of The Oracle Of Seam" by Anne Bannerman
There they sang their merry carols,
Sang their lauds on every side;
And the name their voices uttered
Was the name of Vogelweid.
"Walter Von Der Vogelweid" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

In news:

He uttered them on Chris Matthews's MSNBC show.
Here's one of my favorite sentences to utter about brews: I like my beer and fruit separate.
The woman listened to her story and uttered a word she'd never heard before: " dyslexia .".
An ambitious goal was set in Seattle last year when Bill and Melinda Gates stood in front of a crowd of malaria experts and uttered the "e" word — eradication .
Gas prices are utterly crazy.
Brooklyn-based artist Henry Hargreaves is known for his strange, funny, utterly original still lifes.
Anderson's animated retelling of Roald Dahl's story isn't fluffy or cute, but it's utterly real.
In Judaism, you cannot utter the name of God.
Theater is known for its wide variety of colorful superstitious traditions: never uttering the title of William Shakespeare's 'Macbeth.
William Levy Is 'Absolute & Utter Filth'.
Bill Nighy makes great art in the territory between utter poise and utter collapse.
Astronaut Neil Armstrong, who uttered one of history's most famous.
Here is yet another sequel to 2003's mildly successful but utterly forgettable "Underworld".
I'll be impressed if anyone can name the character who uttered those famous words.
UCLA finally can utter four simple words.
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In science:

All results are obtained by an utterly novel approach, using probabilistic estimates in connection with Orlicz norms that were not used in this connection before.
Estimating Support Functions of Random Polytopes via Orlicz Norms
Considering only one parse, the more processing time the parser is given the larger the analyzed segment of the input utterance will be.
Anytime Algorithms for Speech Parsing?
If an utterance is syntactically ambiguous, we can compute more parses the more processing time the parser is given.
Anytime Algorithms for Speech Parsing?
However, in the present general-relativistic picture such a pointwise identification is utterly meaningless, especially when the two geometries under consideration are ‘significantly’ different from each other.
Why the Quantum Must Yield to Gravity
The acoustic model was produced from the ASJ speech database, which contains 20,000 sentences uttered by 132 speakers including both genders. A 16-mixture Gaussian distribution triphone Hidden Markov Model, in which the states are clustered into 2,000 groups by a state-tying method, is used.
Building a Test Collection for Speech-Driven Web Retrieval
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