• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n By-speech An incidental or casual speech, not directly relating to the point. "To quote by-speeches ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The longest acceptance speech in the history of the Oscars was by Greer Garson in 1942. She received an Oscar for Best Actress for the movie Mrs. Miniver, and her speech was five minutes and 30 seconds long
    • n by-speech An incidental or casual speech not directly relating to the point: as, “to quote by-speeches,” Hooker.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The longest Oscar acceptance speech was made by Greer Garson for 1924's "Mrs. Miniver." It took an hour.
    • By-speech a casual speech
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  • Langston Hughes
    Langston Hughes
    “No woman can be handsome by the force of features alone, any more that she can be witty by only the help of speech.”
  • Otto Von Bismarck
    “The great questions of the day will not be settled by means of speeches and majority decisions but by iron and blood.”
  • Ingrid Bergman
    Ingrid Bergman
    “A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous.”
  • William Safire
    William Safire
    “Is sloppiness in speech caused by ignorance or apathy? I don't know and I don't care.”
  • Hannah Arendt
    “Wherever the relevance of speech is at stake, matters become political by definition, for speech is what makes man a political being.”
  • Thomas Jefferson
    “Speeches that are measured by the hour will die with the hour.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. bi, big; Ger. bei, L. ambi.


In literature:

My speech was praised at considerable length, and, by Hercules!
"The Letters of Cicero, Volume 1" by Marcus Tullius Cicero
The speech addressed by him at that moment to Caspar will explain.
"The Cliff Climbers" by Captain Mayne Reid
It was by no one speech, by no one argument that he had wrought.
"Our American Holidays: Lincoln's Birthday" by Various
The General's speech came to an end and was followed by a rolling thunder of cheers.
"Before the Dawn" by Joseph Alexander Altsheler
It was evident that the people were deeply moved by this speech.
"Red Rooney" by R.M. Ballantyne
The presentation speech was made by Master Philip Carroll, and feelingly responded to.
"Donahoe's Magazine, Volume 15, No. 1, January 1886" by Various
This coldness was followed by feeble prayer and moderate speech on behalf of those who were bound.
"History of the Negro Race in America from 1619 to 1880. Vol. 2 (of 2)" by George Washington Williams
Here are men who by speech belong to one nation, by actual descent to another.
"Harvard Classics Volume 28" by Various
Beowulf replies by a strong speech, which can be summed up in few words: liar, drunkard, coward, murderer!
"A Literary History of the English People" by Jean Jules Jusserand
Shall it be determined by speech, by blood, by geographical boundary, by historic tradition?
"New York Times Current History; The European War, Vol 2, No. 5, August, 1915" by Various

In poetry:

'T is out of reach, and that 's enough
For you and me for aye,
And understood in that still speech
That souls interpret by.
"A Woman's Mood" by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward
The sea that covers half the sphere,
With all its stately speeches,
Is held by Bill to be a mere
Broad highway for his peaches.
"Billy Vickers" by Henry Kendall
“Above me by the candid speech;
The temperate judgment of its own;
The keener thoughts that grasp and reach
At things unknown.
"The Letter L" by Jean Ingelow
And I, his friend, no more shall hear
The rich deep music of his speech,
Except when Fancy cheats the ear
By placing it within my reach.
"In Memoriam" by Alexander Anderson
And now this death that waits for each,
An unseen shade by all, has come;
The Scottish music of her speech,
So sweet, is now for ever dumb.
"Dead Flowers" by Alexander Anderson
O by their dear remembered smiles
And outheld hands and welcoming speech,
They wait for us, thousands of miles
This side of "out-of-reach."
""Out Of Reach?"" by James Whitcomb Riley

In news:

Newt set up a corporation to receive his income from books and speeches, and, by so doing, avoided about $70,000 in Medicare taxes.
(AP) – A Christian evangelist in the Rapid City area is suing the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, saying the school infringed on his right to free speech by not allowing him to preach in open areas around campus.
The Museum of Flight exhibit opened Saturday, with speeches by dignitaries, appearances by astronauts and music by a local high school band.
This video image provided by Senate Television shows retiring Sen Herb Kohl giving his farewell speech on Thursday in the Senate chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington.
The Oscar-winning star of 'The King's Speech' is attempting to raise money by selling a chance to meet him on the red carpet and accompany him to an after party.
To help keep those volunteers from flaking and watching the speech from home, campaign staffers are trying to persuade celebrities in town to skip the convention hall tonight and drop by one of the remote locations instead.
Dallek said that in contrast to recent presidencies that had "a desultory quality" and "demoralized" the country, President Kennedy's was still remembered by many for its optimism and Kennedy's inspirational speeches.
You had to develop the petition, collect the needed signatures and send all the documents off by snail mail, things that likely hindered many potential exercisers of their free speech rights.
This week's good reads include deciphering what our forefathers meant by protection for free speech , one man's quest to find a feline Internet sensation, and the 'invention' of political consulting.
Since 1954 churches across America suddenly found themselves stripped of a right exercised by clergymen from America's founding, free speech .
One of our greatest freedoms as Americans is the right to free speech , which of course is guaranteed by the First Amendment to our Constitution.
Freedom of speech by innwga.
Holds a sign during a speech by President Barack Obama Sept 8, 2011, to a joint session of Congress in Washington.
On Wednesday, September 12, NRB will be unveiling a new initiative from its John Milton Project for Religious Free Speech that aims to solve the issue of viewpoint censorship by new media companies.
Its events are centered around genocides worldwide, featuring the collaborative efforts of many students and teachers and a speech by Holocaust survivor Yanina Cywinska.

In science:

It is, however, an open question as to whether real speech time series actually do support these assumptions, leading to the need for a test of the following null hypothesis: that the data has been generated by a (short-time) stationary, ergodic, zero-mean, Gaussian random process driving a linear resonator.
Testing the assumptions of linear prediction analysis in normal vowels
The nonlinear mutual information is of course sensitive to the entropy of the distribution of the time series, and the original speech time series have a non-Gaussian distribution (this has been demonstrated empirically using various tests, for example, by the use of higher-order statistical moments (Kubin, 1995)).
Testing the assumptions of linear prediction analysis in normal vowels
Therefore, surrogates generated by constraining the amplitude distribution to be the same as the original, non-Gaussian speech time series will be inconsistent with the required null hypothesis of this study, and this inconsistency is then detected by the nonlinear mutual information metric3 .
Testing the assumptions of linear prediction analysis in normal vowels
For this reason, in practice, constraining the amplitude distribution to be the same as the original, non-Gaussian speech time series gives, as predicted by theory, a slight, overall increase to the nonlinear mutual information calculation on the surrogates.
Testing the assumptions of linear prediction analysis in normal vowels
Although this paper avoids spectral nonstationarity, nonstationarity may be measured by many other quantities, such as running mean, variance and higher-order moments, which could be used as additional checks to assess nonstationarity of non-Gaussian correlations in the speech data Fackrell (1996).
Testing the assumptions of linear prediction analysis in normal vowels