• "He could hardly find words to welcome them."
    "He could hardly find words to welcome them."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n words language that is spoken or written "he has a gift for words","she put her thoughts into words"
    • n words words making up the dialogue of a play "the actor forgot his speech"
    • n words the text of a popular song or musical-comedy number "his compositions always started with the lyrics","he wrote both words and music","the song uses colloquial language"
    • n words the words that are spoken "I listened to his words very closely"
    • n words an angry dispute "they had a quarrel","they had words"
    • ***

Additional illustrations & photos:

Badge on Dad's Breast, With the Word 'bishop' 153 Badge on Dad's Breast, With the Word 'bishop' 153
Tickled wuz he when word come Tickled wuz he when word come
Not one word did I hear about the Goverment that wuz in partnership with that man Not one word did I hear about the Goverment that wuz in partnership with that man
Altercation Waxed Hot in Words--3-37-346 Altercation Waxed Hot in Words--3-37-346
De Worde's 'Sagittarius' Device De Worde's 'Sagittarius' Device


  • African Proverb
    African Proverb
    “When deeds speak, words are nothing.”
  • Danish Proverb
    Danish Proverb
    “Big words seldom accompany good deeds.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as often”
  • Carolyn Wells
    Carolyn Wells
    “Actions lie louder than words.”
  • Martin Luther
    “The fewer the words, the better the prayer.”
  • Harold S. Geneen
    “In business, words are words; explanations are explanations, promises are promises, but only performance is reality.”


A picture is worth a thousand words - A picture can often get a message across much better than the best verbal description.
Actions speak louder than words - This idiom means that what people actually do is more important than what they say- people can promise things but then fail to deliver.
By word of mouth - If something becomes known by word of mouth, it gets known by being talked about rather than through publicity or advertising, etc.
Can't get a word in edgeways - If you can't get a word in edgeways, you don't have the chance to say anything because the person you are with is is talking all the time.
Eat your words - If you eat your words, you accept publicly that you were wrong about something you said.
Famous last words - This expression is used as a way of showing disbelief, rejection or self-deprecation.'They said we had no chance of winning- famous last words!'
Fine words butter no parsnips - This idiom means that it's easy to talk, but talk is not action.
From the word go - From the word go means from the very beginning of something.
In so many words - This phrase may be used to mean 'approximately' or 'more or less'. I think it may have a sarcastic connotation in that the individual listening needed 'so many words' to get the point. It also may suggest the effort on the part of the speaker to explain an unpleasant truth or difficult concept.
Man of his word - A man of his word is a person who does what he says and keeps his promises.
Mark my words - Mark my words is an expression used to lend an air of seriousness to what the speaker is about to say when talking about the future. You often hear drunks say it before they deliver some particularly spurious nonsense.
Mince words - If people mince words, or mince their words, they don't say what they really mean clearly.
Mum's the word - When people use this idiom, they mean that you should keep quiet about something and not tell other people.
Spread the word - If you spread the word about something, you let as many people know about it as you can.
War of words - A war of words is a bitter argument between people or organisations, etc.


In literature:

The words conscience and dignity are but words, after all.
"The Man Who Laughs" by Victor Hugo
That word seems to include purity and righteousness.
"Quiet Talks about Jesus" by S. D. Gordon
Faith means to have a knowledge of his Word and then to rely upon that Word confidently.
"The Harp of God" by J. F. Rutherford
Associated words: abduct, abductor.
"Putnam's Word Book" by Louis A. Flemming
The word "believed," and the word "commit" are the same word underneath our English.
"Quiet Talks on Prayer" by S. D. (Samuel Dickey) Gordon
A word was said about it, and a word is as good as a contract.
"Don Orsino" by F. Marion Crawford
Now you will observe that the two little words 'to be' are inserted here as a supplement.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture: Romans Corinthians (To II Corinthians, Chap. V)" by Alexander Maclaren
And Monck laughed again his short, rather bitter laugh; but he said no word in answer.
"The Lamp in the Desert" by Ethel M. Dell
This exception hath a confident flourish of words, but they are but words.
"The Divine Right of Church Government" by Sundry Ministers Of Christ Within The City Of London
I will, upon my word, and Julia Dobree never broke her word yet.
"The Doctor's Dilemma" by Hesba Stretton
Old Norse words have been taken largely from Cl.
"Scandinavian influence on Southern Lowland Scotch" by George Tobias Flom
He did not know that words of love are not necessarily words of marriage.
"Dorothy Vernon of Haddon Hall" by Charles Major
But why need I keep my word to you, who tempt me to break my word to the King?
"Historical Romances: Under the Red Robe, Count Hannibal, A Gentleman of France" by Stanley J. Weyman
But I am afraid to put it into a word, because that word has been so misunderstood, so maligned.
"The Everlasting Arms" by Joseph Hocking
In other words, in these regions the Church has little better than a nominal existence.
"The Catholic World; Volume I, Issues 1-6" by E. Rameur
Man of servile obedience, slave of Chaldea, will you deny God's word which commandeth war against the oppressor; will you deny his holy word?
"Jeremiah" by Stefan Zweig
All Belgium listens to his voice, and his words sometimes become decrees.
"The Catholic World. Volume II; Numbers 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12." by E. Rameur
Blessed is she that believed the angel's word, for that word shall surely come true!
"Hurlbut's Life of Christ For Young and Old" by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
The word of man is as perishable as himself; but the word of the Lord endureth forever.
"The Great Commission" by C. H. (Charles Henry) Mackintosh
Our word "baptism" is not an English word nor a Saxon word; it is a purely Greek word.
"The Greatest English Classic" by Cleland Boyd McAfee

In poetry:

'If he speak two more words,' they said,
'The slave is more than the free;
If he speak three more words,' they said,
'The stars are under the sea.'
"The Ballad Of God-Makers" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
A few cold words on yonder stone,
A corpse as cold as they can be -­
Vain words, and mouldering dust, alone -­
Can this be all that's left of thee?
"Severed and gone" by Anne Bronte
These words come to my mind,
"The work of the world is done by a few,"
These words come from my conscience,
"God looks for a part to be done by you."
"Magna est Veritas" by Frank Barbour Coffin
Ah, I see it! woe, oh woe!
I forget the word of might.
Ah, the word whose sound can straight
Make him what he was before!
Ah, he runs with nimble gait!
"The Pupil In Magic" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
I told her I loved her and begged but a word,
One dear little word, that would be
For me by all odds the most sweet ever heard,
But never a word said she!
"Golden Silence" by Ellis Parker Butler
An' I tried to pray, but nae word could I say,
My tongue was as dry as could be,
For the deil was aye cryin', 'O, Ledgie, man,
Will ye no speak a word for me?'
"Ledgie Cooper" by Alexander Anderson

In news:

If you had to sum up Barack Obama's 2008 campaign in one word, you might have picked the word ' audacity '.
Stephanie Hunt of Word for Word in 'The Islanders.
As any pet owner knows, the word 'cancer' is one of the most truly frightening words we can hear.
According to Ellen McHale, the written word is not always the final word.
The expression of an idea by the use of usually two independent words connected by the word and: nice and warm.
This week's Word for Word already has me thinking.
Word for word with Shaw Grigsby.
Word-for-word with Mike Iaconelli.
Leone encourages readers to post words of support to Juli and her children and spread the word about their Disney campaign on social media.
Daiko by the way is the word for the group and taiko (fat drum ) is the word for the instrument.
The word Christian comes to mind as one of these words.
All essays must be no less than 500 words (250 words for grades 4-5) and no more than 1,000 words.
After a successful relaunch of " Spoken Word " in October, the Converge Gallery, 140 W Fourth St, has announced another night of " Spoken Word " is scheduled for 7 to 9 pm Friday.
This challenge involves us selecting one intriguing vocabulary word and defining said word.
The word "moustache" derives from 16th century French moustache, tracing the origin of the word all the way back to the Greek word mustax meaning "upper lip".

In science:

Definition 2.9 A packed word w in pack(X ) is cal led an irreducible word if and only if it can not be written under the form w = u ∗ v where u and v are two non trivial packed words.
A word Hopf algebra based on the selection/quotient principle
Because g the control word over d determines uniquely Dg hence b we conclude that there exists a function f that associates each word over pQ a unique word pD (call pD the alphabet of GH ).
Underapproximation of Procedure Summaries for Integer Programs
All words more than 2.5 standard deviations above the mean of these words’ scores were treated as a representation of the user’s interest, or topic (there were 72 such words).
Machine Learning of Generic and User-Focused Summarization
The Open predictor is learned using SNoW (Carlson et al., 1999; Roth, 1998) as a function of features that utilize words and POS tags in the sentence and, given a new sentence, will predict for each word whether it is the first word in the phrase or not.
Applying System Combination to Base Noun Phrase Identification
This implies that for every n, Pw (n) contains exactly one word which has two extensions to the right to form a word in Pw (n+ 1); every other word extends uniquely to the right.
Dynamical Upper Bounds for One-Dimensional Quasicrystals
The set of binary words of length n avoiding yy with |y | ≥ 3 and 3+ powers is a subset of the set of binary words avoiding 0000 and n of words avoiding 0000 and 1111 satisfies the linear recurrence A′ 1111.
Simultaneous avoidance of large squares and fractional powers in infinite binary words
As remarked above, whenever the sequence ρw is finite (in other words when the reversing procedure terminates) the result of ρw is a word of the form uv−1 where u and v are positive words.
Garside structure for the braid group of G(e,e,r)
Recall that the completion condition with respect to R holds for a triple x, y , z if whenever the word x−1zz−1 y reverses modulo R to a word of the form uv−1 where u and v are positive words, then (xu)−1 yv yRε.
Garside structure for the braid group of G(e,e,r)
The idea is simple: Integers are represented as words, e. g., using the 2’s complement representation, and the word automaton (WA) for a formula accepts precisely the words that represent the integers making the formula true.
Bounds on the Automata Size for Presburger Arithmetic
This action of fi and ei on the tensor product is compatible with the previously defin ed action on word(b ⊗ b′ ) = word(b)word(b′ ).
Fermionic Formulas For Unrestricted Kostka Polynomials And Superconformal Characters
Recall that a Dyck word over (A±1)∗ is a word that reduces to the identity word in FG(A).
Two-letter group codes that preserve aperiodicity of inverse finite automata
The elements of R need no longer be words in the generators X : in general they are ‘profinite words’, that is, limits of convergent sequences of ordinary words.
Some aspects of profinite group theory
Intra-word CFs are defined as that the coupled and coupling cells of the CFs are within a word; interword CFs are defined as that the coupled and coupling cells of the CFs are located at different words.
An Efficient Transparent Test Scheme for Embedded Word-Oriented Memories
The first of the two 20 bit words consists of the lower 16 bits of the data words, enable bit which is active for valid data, control bit which is always inactive, top word which is always inactive, and clock.
The ATLAS High Level Trigger Region of Interest Builder
The second of the two 20 bit words consists of the upper 16 bits of the data words, enable bit which is always active for valid data, control bit which is active for control words and inactive for data words, top word which is always active, and clock.
The ATLAS High Level Trigger Region of Interest Builder